Before you glue, do a dry run

The last thing you want to do is discover a joint doesn’t fit properly or that you don’t have enough clamps on hand after you’ve applied glue to the joint. So, put the glue bottle aside and dry-clamp the pieces first to verify the joint pulls tight, flat and square. Locate as many clamps as necessary to evenly distribute pressure across the joint surfaces. If you see a problem with the joint, mark the edge(s) that need to be corrected and joint, re-cut, or take any other required steps. Now you’re ready to successfully glue and clamp that joint.