Gluing mixed grain pieces…


When gluing timber it is important to take into consideration grain direction..

Long grain to long grain is fine, due to the fact that timber contracts and expands across the grain.. more than with the grain…

End grain to endgrain makes for a very poor glue joint…and you must be aware that movement can cause a joint to fail.. this is generally true when gluing long grain to endgrain… However….

Quite a while ago, I made this piece and as you can see it is endgrain to long grain … and most people would have expected it to break itself apart at the very least…

I just checked and I made this over one year ago…

This would be true with a larger item such as a table.. but…. with small pieces similar to the ones used in this cutting board… the amount of movement is quite negligible … hence the fact that this item has held up over many months… in various extremes of temperature and humidity…Here we can see a close up of the nice tight glue lines…

I could waffle on about the mechanics of glues and how their bonds work… but suffice to say the proof is in the pudding …or how the glue holds…

I only use Titebond III and have not had any problems… so I hope this is some help to those who asked about this type of glue up…

About Lazy Larry

Just a woodworker sharing some of the things learnt the hard way... so you don't make the same mistakes...
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