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off the wood rather than rubbing it in. Refresh a glue-soaked pad by rinsing it out in water.

Stick with this method and you'll avoid any problems with forcing watery glue into the joint or the pores of the surrounding wood. And don't believe everything you see on TV!

Clean Up Squeeze Out

Q* I saw one of those woodworking wizards on television the other day. As I watched the guy build a three-day project in 30 minutes. I noticed he washed off glue squeeze out with a wet cloth immediately after clamping. Won't the water weaken the glue joint?

JonW.Von See Denham Springs, LA

Easy Drawer Dividers

Q« Help! The junk drawer in our kitchen is out of control! I have trouble finding anything in there. Is there a simple way to add dividers to my kitchen drawers without taking them apart?

Sue Becker Sandalwood, FL

A. You bet! Here's a way to control the clutter in less time than it takes to find the potato peeler.

To make the brackets that hold the dividers in place, groove the edge of a 3/4-in.-thick board on your router table and round over the outside edges. Then rip the grooved edge off the board and crosscut to length. I like to attach the brackets with double-faced tape or a little hot-melt glue. That way you can reposition them to suit your ever-changing collection of kitchen junk.

A* We went right to the folks who manufacture Tite-Bond glue to help us answer your question. Here's what we found out:

Don't try to rub the glue off with a wet rag. This will probably spread the glue around, water it down and sometimes force the diluted glue down into the joint.

Its better to use a damp 3M Scotch-Brite pad or synthetic steel wool. Both pick up the glue without spreading it around. Keep the pad in a bowl of water while you glue up your boards. Then, hold the pad up by a corner so all the excess water drains out. Wipe the glue with the damp pad using short, rolling strokes. Use a clean part of the pad for each stroke. The rolling motion creates a scraping action that lifts the glue

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