Glue globs and surface smears will mar a finish, especially when you're applying stain. Stop the problem before it starts on face-to-face joints by cutting 1⁄8"-deep saw kerfs about 1⁄8" from both edges, where shown at left. Apply glue only between the kerfs and, as you press the two parts together, any squeeze-out will flow into the kerfs. If the ends will be visible in the completed project, use a 1⁄8" straight bit and a table-mounted router to make stopped grooves.—from the WOOD® shop