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Ray Buksa:
 I've been working on a sub project and was wandering if anyone had built with glue only Joints.

 I've tried to take apart previous boxes I've put together with glue and screws, and it always ends in destruction of the joint.

 The glues are stronger than the wood.

 All these joints are quite tight by design no butt joints. Mostly dados or some combo. Clean well managed cuts.
 
 So how does a glue only joint hold up?  No cheapo glues here either
 

Tim Weaver:
Yes. It works fine, although biscuits work even better. I'm not a fan of using screws in speaker cabs. I don't like all the holes to fill, and I always seem to bite into a screw with a router bit later on. I like biscuits, or just using real joinery and good glue and plenty of clamps.

Ray Buksa:
 My biggest two reasons for wanting to do this without fasteners is as u stated. No holes to fill and I also wack them with the router.

 Usually I end up hitting fasteners with the router, when making quarter rounds on the edges.

Craig Leerman:

--- Quote from: Ray Buksa on January 25, 2011, 07:09:02 pm --- I've been working on a sub project and was wandering if anyone had built with glue only Joints.

 I've tried to take apart previous boxes I've put together with glue and screws, and it always ends in destruction of the joint.

 The glues are stronger than the wood.

 All these joints are quite tight by design no butt joints. Mostly dados or some combo. Clean well managed cuts.
 
 So how does a glue only joint hold up?  No cheapo glues here either

--- End quote ---

The main problem with glue only joints is that you have to hold the pieces together until the glue dries.  If you have a lot of bar clamps, or strap clamps, then you should be OK.

I use screws along with glue because it's easier for me than using clamps.

One thing I do is use TRIM SCREWS on some project, insted of the traditional wood or Drywall screws.

Trim Screws have smaller heads, and provide a lot of holding power, but don't leave a big hole to fill, perfect for trim pieces or cabinet and furniture construction.



 

Loren Jones:
Glue only joints should be plenty strong.  The problem is that using just plain butt joints with glue only is a huge pain getting everything to line up while the glue dries.  But if you are using dadoes or rabbetts as you said you are then you will not have problems with that.  I would definitely trust the strength of the glue only joints.  Simple butt joints using pocket hole screws is a very nice way to make assembly very easy and avoid the need for lots of clamps and avoid the need to cut more advanced joints.  The screws are all inside so don't require filling and shouldn't present a problem as far as doing your quarter rounds either.  I just built some cabs using pocket hole screws and was very impressed with them.

Take care,
Loren Jones

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