A.No. A clamped joint will always be stronger than one held together with a dab of hot-melt. For the best possible bond, the pieces being glued need to be held in intimate contact while under pressure. Any other method will result in a bond of less strength. This is due to the thickness of the resulting bond. As a rule, a thick glue line is a weak glue line. This said, chances are that the carpenters who use the hot-melt method probably achieve a strong enough joint for their intended purpose.

— J.P.

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