Well, my first glue-up job went awry.
The hardwood frame for my new desk tabletop didn't glue flush with the tabletop. I had it clamped as well as I could, even had it fastened with a few screws and angles in one end. But while the ends of the table are flush, it bowed or something in the middle, and the frame now rests too low.
Here's how I had it clamped last night. Looking at the picture now, it's clear that it got off track on the section that was not clamped (looks like I needed a fourth clamp to cover that area).
And here's how it turned out after 24 hours:
Sorry for the really tight focus in that last shot. The weird white papery stuff is because I had it resting upside down on a bunch of envelopes overnight. I thought better the seeping glue stick to something like paper instead of the planks supporting the assembly on the sawhorses.
Ok, so here are my questions:
1) Is there some way to fix this? The tabletop is oak plywood, so sanding it down to rest flush with the frame is not an option (the veneer would quickly disappear).
2) If I start over with new wood (
), how do I keep this from happening in the future? Would another clamp do it? How do I make sure it's flush when the whole thing is upside down and I can't see the "top"?
3) Is there some better option than these stupid envelopes I used? How do I keep my structure from adhering to whatever is below it due to seeping glue?