STL 175: Stressful Panel Glue Ups

Head over to and leave a comment on this episode's show-notes page for your chance to win a one-year membership to Fine Woodworking's new UNLIMITED membership! We’ll pick a winner November 9, 2018. Make sure you check out The Craft of Veneering  by Craig Thibodeau Question 1: From Tom: I am building a credenza that will be 84" long, with solid walnut top and bottom. If the back is made of plywood (1/2" or 3/4"), is it ok to glue the back to the solid top and bottom pieces, or will differential wood movement cause this joint to fail? Strategies For Building Stronger Furniture by Mike Korsak #269–July/August 2018 Issue Question 2: From Ron: What are your opinions on the various panel clamps available (ie Damstom) and are any worth buying?   In most of your videos/articles I see shop made wooden cauls and lots of bar clamps, but I’m looking for a less stressful way since I struggle to keep things flat as I rush to get clamps on before the glue sets up. Creating an Attractive Tabletop, Part 2 Edge-jointing and glue-up by Bob Van Dyke #208–Nov/Dec 2009 Issue How to Make Cambered Cauls by Asa Christiana #234–July/Aug 2013 Issue Segment: All Time Favorite Tool Ben: Sharpening stone box Mike: Associate editor, Barry Dima, because he's a kiss up and gave him a set of dividers Tom: Small hammer he STOLE from the FWW shop Question 3: From Craig: I am going to build Garrett Hack's huntboard from issue #187. One thing I am unsure of is how to attach the drawer runners. The only thing shown in the text and plan is that they are tenoned at the front to the rails, with no mention of the back. They can't be mortised into the back panel like the kickers due to the assembly order, and simply gluing them to the sides would lead to cross grain gluing issues. I've thought of a couple ways I could attach them, one being sitting on cleats attached to the case back, or screwed into the side partitions with elongated holes. Do you guys have any thoughts or know how Garrett secured these pieces? The Versatile Huntboard by Garrett Hack #187–Nov/Dec 2006 Issue Video Workshop: Federal Side Table by Steve Latta How to Build a Swing-Out Drawer by Garrett Hack #234–July/Aug 2013 Issue   Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answers questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking‘s biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for consideration in the regular broadcast! Our continued existence relies upon listener support. So if you enjoy the show, be sure to leave us a five-star rating and maybe even a nice comment on our iTunes page.

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