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Thread: To glue both sides, or just one side of the joint?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Tacoma, WA

    To glue both sides, or just one side of the joint?

    When using a glue such as tightbond etc, should you glue both sides of the joint, or just one?

    I know that with some polyurethanes you can glue just one side.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i glue both sides on some, on mortise and tenon i glue the mortise side and not the tenon it just gobs up at the shoulder area on top. on cabinets i glue both the mortise area and tenon on the door frames but i do brush it so as to control the squeeze out.
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  3. #3
    I usually put a light coat of glue on both sides, just to make sure. Remember, glue is the cheapest part of your project - no reason to skimp.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    With Titebond, I put glue on both sides. With poly glues, I've done the 'glue one side and dampen the other' routine and had no failures. (I don't use poly glue very often though.)
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  5. #5
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    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Another vote for both sides.
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  6. #6
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Always both sides for me with titebond. I don't use poly glue anymore.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    Both side here also with Titebond.

  8. #8
    Both sides here as well

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Both sides, but a very light coat. Excessive squeezeout is NOT your friend.

    I always used to laugh at Norm's glue-ups. It was like "the bigger the glob, the better the job."

    As for poly - I haven't used that stuff in years!
    Jim D.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    I coat both sides with a thin coat of glue--usually TB II.


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