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Tips from a glue gunslinger

Tips from a glue gunslinger

Hotmelt glue makes a strong, quick bond for joints that won't get a lot of stress, but it's also great for holding temporary joints while drilling or matching up things. Because it allows for some play before the glue dries, I've used it for positioning drawer glides. I glue them in place first, then move the drawer in and out to get a good fit.

Hotmelt glue also works great for aligning drawer fronts in a cabinet. After completing the cabinet and installing the drawer boxes, I apply small dabs of hotmelt glue on the fronts and press them onto the boxes. Because the glue is soft until it cools, I have time to adjust the fronts for an even gap around them. Once I'm happy with the look, I remove the drawers from the cabinet and permanently attach their fronts by drilling and screwing from the inside of the box fronts.

-- Aleso Gourhan, Oakland, Calif.

3-Drawer Utility Cabinet Woodworking Plan

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rvscan wrote:

Woodman, the purpose for this is for aligning the drawer fronts, because noting is perfect. This gives one the chance to make it look even (even if it isn't).

4/23/2011 11:31:16 AM Report Abuse
woodman3946 wrote:

I PUT DRAWER FRONT FACE DOWN,SET DRAWER ON BACK OF FACE, DRILL 5/16 CLEARANCE HOLE, THEN USE SELF STARTING DRAWER FRONT SCREWS WHICH ALLOW FOR ADJUSTMENT...NO MESSY GLUE TO DEAL WITH.

4/22/2011 10:29:04 AM Report Abuse
retiredx2 wrote:

Good idea, wish I had thought of it when I was mounting some drawer fronts.

4/21/2011 01:12:51 PM Report Abuse

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