Builder's Tip: Shop Vac Works for Hard-to-Fill Glue Ups
While building a set of stairs recently, I noticed that a crack had developed in the bottom of one of the vertical-grain fir stringers.
Because the stairs were exposed on both sides, I wanted to glue and screw the crack closed, but I had difficulty filling the crack with glue.
To solve the problem, I used a co-worker’s shop vac to help fill the crack with glue. Here's what I did:
- As shown in the accompanying drawing, I poured a small puddle of glue over the top of the crack and applied suction from below.
- I then put a piece of tape over the end of the crack to prevent air from being drawn from the side of the crack.
- Finally, I ran the vacuum until glue began to show across the bottom of the stringer.
It took about 30 seconds to fill the 4-inch crack.
— Gregory Coffin, Loveland, Colo.
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