I have been asked to construct a wood countertop for an island. It will have alternating runs of maple and mahogany, each run 1.5" wide and the runs will be splined. The top will be 8' x 4'. I generally use Gorilla Glue on a glue-up like this, but I wanted to get some opinions on different types of glues, such as white or yellow. Has anybody had any bad experiences where the glue joint opens, etc.?
From contributor A:
If you have a jointer, you don't need splines. I edge-glue that type of item using Titebond II. I have never had a failure. One thing I always do is hard-screw one side of the counter – the back, for example - and on the other side, I drill slots in the stretcher using washers on the screws to allow for movement. I don't know how anyone else does it, but I do glue-ups like this using a pair of lifts from Jim Tolpin, *Working at Woodworking*. It makes the whole thing quick and easy.