Gratitude: Good hide glue
We’ve already seen the top, bottom, and back. The sides and the door are constructed alike; two vertical rails and two stiles. They are joined by simple tongue. and grooves, using the planes acquired recently. My execution ends up with joins that are on the looser side of snug; not quite “self supporting,” but not sloppy either. Put it this way: there’s no danger of parts splitting from hammering the pieces together. The important thing, for me, was getting gap free joins on the show sides of the panels. The step that helped the most was cutting the tongues for the stiles on a longer piece of wood that was then cut to 4 pieces (2 for each side) once the edges were dead straight. Try as I may, my planing still produces a bit of slope-up and slope down at the starts and ends of boards. I sometimes accommodate that by using a board longer than needed and trimming off the slopes. Repeat same for the two stiles (different width) used on the door.
Worrying about how hide glue will hold the slightly loose joinery, I made a test pairing of a couple of sticks of pine … leaving one a bit longer so I could knock it apart later. My previous use of hide glue has been from 252 strength granules and always had an uncomfortably short open time. This time, I mixed up some 192 strength and gained a wee bit more open time. (Maybe if the shop was by the beach in Costa Rica with 100°F temps?) I applied the glue rather sloppily to only one piece and pressed the joint together in the bench vise for only a few minutes. I then left it sitting in the shop at something less than 60ºF for about 20 hours. When I knocked it apart, I was very pleased to find that almost all of the breakage was in the wood, with almost none exposing raw glue. I’m now confident that careful glue-up will be sufficiently strong.
Other articles in this series...
- Regulator Clock – Case Joinery, part 1
- Regulator Clock – The Works work
- Regulator Clock – Glass
- Regulator Clock – Tongue & Groove planes
- Regulator Clock - Stick Mouldings
- Regulator Clock - Plate Mouldings
- Regulator Clock - Egg and Dart Moulding
- Regulator Clock - Eat Dessert First
- Regulator Clock - original description
- Regulator Clock – Stock Prep
- Regulator Clock – Plans for Moldings
- Taming the Rabbet