I hate glue ups, particularly when using PVA type glues. The nagging sense of urgency thru the whole process and trying not to make too big of a mess of the project or yourself just ain’t much fun. Anything that makes the process go a little faster or easier is always a good thing
Today I was laminating 2 x 10 yellow pine for the back vise supports for a Moravian workbench class at The Woodwright’s School coming up next week and snapped a few photos of the process I use.
When face laminating boards I use a 4″ foam paint roller to spread the glue. These things are cheap and available at any hardware store or home center. This is not a new idea but I rarely see anyone using them; really not sure why.
Squirt the glue onto the boards in a zig-zag pattern and then roll it out. The roller allows you to spread a perfectly even coat of glue quickly with less open time. The cost of the roller is more than paid for in the glue saved by not having so much excess squeezed out when the clamps are tightened. With less squeeze out there is also little to no mess to clean up when your done.
If you are doing glue ups over several days, wrap the roller in a plastic grocery bag and put it in the fridge, it will be ready to go when you need it next. The glue will not set because of the lack of air and the cold; you can store it up to month this way. When you are done the roller can be washed out and reused.