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post #1 of 4 Old 03-23-2011, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Can I use a band clamp when glueing an end grain cutting board

I have 25 3" sections of 4x4 I want to glue together into a square cutting board. Douglas Fir, if that matters. I am trying to avoid making or purchasing bar clamps, although I see they are regularly used in a project like this.

I am wondering if I will be able to get by using a band clamp along the outside edge if I place 1" cubes at the center of each 4x4, to hopefully encourage the band to press perpendicular to itself along the sides. Since I am not joining at a corner piece, will there be enough and reasonably equally distributed clamping force?

I am also trying to create a rectangular board. Will the band clamp clamp less evenly in that situation?

Thanks in advance. If, in my ignorance, I have left out any important information I will be happy and quick to respond!
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A band clamp might work but, it would not be my first choice. Edge gluing boards does not require super pressure. Dry clamp the piece together and if there are no visible gaps, itíll probably hold when the glue is dry. When you use glue, there should be a slight amount of glue squeeze out. A common mistake is to make joints that donít fit well then clamp the daylights out of them to close the gaps. Too much stress in the wood that way. If you have carefully jointed the edges, the band clamp should work.

For most woodworkers, Iíd say bar or pipe clamps are essential, so perhaps you should bite the bullet and get them now. I canít imagine doing most projects without some.

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I'm confused but I vote NO
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Pipe clamps is my vote.
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