Post by buckradius on Jul 30, 2013 12:54:51 GMT -5
So I've been gluing up 1"x 20" strips to make my 5" x 11' panels that will be my bottom. My question is: do I plane and sand them flat before I glue them up to the final panel or do I wait until I have the whole thing all glued up? I have a jointer, so I can get the edges straight, and I am anxious to put together the whole panel, but I don't have a planer, so I have to do it all with a block plane and palm sander.
I'm leaning toward doing each separately before the final glue-up.
Post by buckradius on Jul 30, 2013 12:58:57 GMT -5
Also...how worried do I have to be about the interior surface? I could be here a long time getting both surfaces clean and flat, but if I only really need to do the surface that will show it would save me a lot of time. Will the Gorilla glue take care of any variations in depth (we're talking about 1/16" variations)?
If you ware working with rough sawn wood, I would sand them down before putting them together, then sand them again when they are all glued up. But, if you are working with wood that has already been surfaced, sand the whole thing after gluing them all together, that will help to keep the panel as flat and consistent as possible. Take care when gluing the pieces together to cut down on sanding and thickness variations. As far as the side that will not be seen, I suppose you could get away with only sanding the areas where it will be glued to the framework, but I would just sand the whole thing, again, the more care you take when gluing the pieces together to make sure they are as close to level as possible, will cut down on sanding time. The reason you should make sure that the side you do not see is sanded flat, is to get as much contact with the frame as possible, some gaps are going to happen, but the less the better and will make the board stronger. Also, you can scrape the dried glue off with a razor blade, or use a chisel to carefully remove the excess glue. From there, a simple hand plane works well to get the seams more close to even, then sand, that should cut down on how much time you spend sanding