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Shop-proven Solutions for Gluing and clamping


Minimize glue mess with masking tape

Minimize glue mess with masking tape

When I'm gluing up assemble-yourself furniture, I use masking tape to keep the glue off of parts that are to be stained. I cover each mortise or dowel socket with masking tape, smooth it down with my thumbs, then cut away the tape over the holes. When I assemble the joint, the glue bubbles out onto the masking tape, not the unfinished wood. After the glue dries, I pull off the tape and start staining.

-- David Elmer, Battle Ground, Wash.

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