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Glue joints are a very common and much-desired form of production. The most common application is the joining of pieces along the grain, in order to maximize the wood's surface area. Glue joints increase the surface area the which wood fibers can grip onto, and since they grip along the entire joined surface area, they're excellent for side-by-side joining for things like table tops. End-to-end glue jointing differs in that the joint needs to be deeper, to handle the increased shearing stress. When cutting a glue joint, be sure to consider whether the pieces will be end-to-end or side-by-side before machining your stock.
Full Reference Glue Joints
These are also known as Zig-Zag among our clients. Compared to the Deep Groove cuts, these require an offset between two pieces to match. The increased glue surface area is perfect for gluing up pieces where the contact between the joined pieces will be very long- for example, projects like benches or tabletops.
Deep Groove Glue Joints
These cuts have plenty of referencing area and don't require any machine adjustments between the complementary cuts- two identical pieces join up perfectly when one is flipped over. The extra depth on the joint is well suited to glue joints that will take a little extra stress.