DIY Organizers and Storage Projects: Tools / Techniques: Gluing, Clamping, and Assembly

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Use household white glue or an aliphatic resin glue. Both plywood edges and the end grain of lumber drink it. Quench the thirst by putting on a pre-coat of glue a few minutes before spreading an even layer of glue on each part where surfaces will join. A little glue should squeeze out of the joint as it seats; experience will quickly teach you how much to use. Over-gluing the joint doesn’t make it stronger—it just makes cleaning up harder. Let all excess glue dry, then remove it carefully with a scraper.


Clamps are essential. At nearly every stage of your project’s construction, you’ll want to put a clamp to work.


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DIY and Custom-Made Storage Solutions: Components You Can Build for Home, Office ... as a Hobby or for Sale (Profit, earn Income)

  1. Storage Components
    1. Shelves
    2. Pockets
    3. Dividers
    4. Modules
    5. Rollouts
    6. Cases and Chests
    7. Tops, Doors, and Toes
    8. Racks
  2. Tools, Techniques, and Tips
    1. Materials
    2. Spans and Loads
    3. Sizing Up Your Space
    4. Layout and Cutting List
    5. Cuts and Joints
    6. Detail Milling and Edging
    7. Drilling and Fastening
    8. Gluing, Clamping, and Assembly
    9. Doors and Drawers
    10. Face Frames and Miter Boxes
    11. Hardware
    12. Finishing

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