Tip of the day, wax paper and glue

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 703 days ago 3012 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you that do a lot of small project glue-ups, and didn’t already know this, by laying a sheet of wax paper under your projects it makes clean up a breeze and no longer scraping glue off of the work surface. Wax paper peels right off of your project as well, it works great for calls when placing them between your clamp and project it keeps the wood from gluing to your projects.

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#1 posted 703 days ago

Great idea Blackie! I use wax paper all the time under my bar clamps. Keep the glue off and so I don’t get the black spot’s on the wood where the glue touches the metal bar.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 703 days ago

Great tip! Some of my clamps are metal C-clamps, which can dent your wood. Thanks for the tip!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#3 posted 703 days ago

It works very well

-- Custom furniture

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 702 days ago

Good idea. Teflon baking sheets do the same job and they are reusable as well.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 702 days ago

I use wax paper to squeeze glue onto when using an acid brush. I hadn’t considered other uses. Thanks for the post!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 702 days ago

Use it all the time Clamping up boards !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 702 days ago

Simple solution. Great thought.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 702 days ago

For small projects great idea, but I buy rozen paper from the lumber yard and hang a roll like paper towels at the end of my bench. I just pull a run across the bench and glue away. It also works as a surface to scale draw a project.

Another handy is when you see any of the refrigerator boxes. Just cut the sides apart and use them for a bench topper when your going to be a bit more rough than usually.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 702 days ago

Yep, Blackie. I’ll lay a piece or tape a piece on my pipe clamp where the glue will squeeze out. Works very well. If you poly your work top, glue won’t stick to it either

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 701 days ago

Anyone know if other than rosen paper we can get wide rolls of waxed paper?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 682 days ago

You can get “freezer” paper in rolls wider than wax paper. It has a plastic coating on one side. That is what I use.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#12 posted 682 days ago

I use a Melalmine top on the table that I do glue-ups on. Glue doesn’t stick to Melamine.

-- Dave Dye

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#13 posted 682 days ago

I also have Melamine on my assembly table for a top. I like it. It helps old eyes find things in the light too. I have good light but ….well, older poeple just need a little more. When my table top gets ugly and stained, I turn the top over and start fresh.

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#14 posted 681 days ago

These tips work very well, I use them all the time. Another thing you can use waxed paper for is lubrication. Since there is wax in waxed paper(duh!), you can rub it in you miter gauge slot on the table saw if the gauge sticks. Just rub it anywhere it needs a small amount of lubrication.

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#15 posted 680 days ago

Yep Mip I use it also for that same purpose as well.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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