How to Glue a Thomas the Train Table

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Applying glue to a Thomas the Train table is a more meticulous process than most projects involving glue, because you don't want the glue to squeeze out of the joints, damaging the wood surface and any painted decorations already present, or marring any decoration you might add at some later date. Working with children's furniture also means that the glue must not be exposed to prevent the glue from ending up in toddler's mouths, as some forms of carpenter's glue contain toxins.

Things You'll Need

  • Stainless steel micro spatula, 5/16-inch coated ends
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Wood clamps
  • Remove the top from the glue and dip your spatula into the glue. Be sure to get both sides of the spatula wet with a coating of glue and allow excess to drip from the spatula before removing it from the bottle.

  • Apply the glue to the unfinished surfaces of the wood that form the disassembled wood joint. Use only enough glue to wet the surface of the wood completely and uniformly. If the joint is a biscuit joint, apply glue to the biscuit then to the surface the biscuit is inserted into. More glue will not make it stronger and will make the glue ooze from the joint when it is assembled.

  • Press the joint together until the joinery surfaces are in full contact. While holding the joint together--use an assistant, if necessary--apply wood clamps so that the joints are clamped together tightly in same the direction as if you were still holding them tightly together.

  • Follow the glue manufacturer's recommendations on drying time to determine how long to leave the joints clamped. When the glue has dried, remove the clamps.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use multiple clamps, placing one on each end of a joint and at least one in between the end clamps if possible, to ensure a firm, uniformly glued joint. Small-bladed stainless steel spatulas are available from art suppliers or laboratory supply houses.

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