Question about Glue

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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 02-23-2014 10:26 PM 1341 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently figured out how to do the Celtic Knots in an ink pen. I have the concept down pat – but what I’m wondering about is the gluing process. For the ink pen I use CA glue and it all goes quickly (about 15 minutes for the whole cut and glue process). Now I am interested in moving up in the Celtic Knot world :-) – I want to try the Celtic Knot in Pepper Mills, Rolling Pins and Small Boxes.

I’ve see some beautiful Rolling Pins and Pepper Mills made here, using the Celtic Knot. I’m curious to know what glue is best for putting the knot together? I have one in process now and I’m using Titebond III, but the gluing time is going to take a couple of days due to the drying time needed. I wonder if CA glue is strong enough for gluing up a Pepper Mill or rolling pin. Any thoughts on this will be appreciated.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 12:05 AM

I’d like to know too.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 12:19 AM

I am by no mean an expert but i think I would find that epoxy and urethane glues work best, hide glue would be my third choice.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 12:24 AM

Here is a good article.

CA is plenty strong enough, but will fail if the wood gets wet and/or break at glue line if item is dropped. That said, many furniture pro’s use thick CA glue for dovetails and everything else especially if they are using clear finish.

I have been using CA glue for my frames and boxes and love it. Never failed me.
If CA glues scares you, the white Gorilla glue has a fast clamp and dry time. Usually about an hour.

I wouldn’t hesitate using CA glue for a pepper mill or rolling pin.

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 12:26 AM

The Titebond is probably strong enough for additional cuts to set up the knot layers after an couple hours. I would wait overnight until turning though…

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 04:13 AM

I have used CA glue for Celtic knots on Ice cream scoops and bottle openers with about a 50% failure rate – several attempts simply exploded during turning. Just completed one today using Titebond II and it held up just fine. Glueup time was a problem though, hours turn into days. I wll check back on this thread to see about other solutions. The Goriila glue sounds like a good possibility.


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#6 posted 02-24-2014 05:07 AM

Thanks for the input. I think I will use the Titebond II for the larger Celtic Knots and maybe CA for small things like ink pens. The TB II isn’t that bad, I can get all 4 cuts made & glued one day and then turn the next day. Heck, I’m retired so what is my rush? :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 05:14 AM

I have used TB II for Celtic Knots in pens and larger turnings and they turned out very well. However another glue I like is Titebond Translucent glue it sets much faster and leaves a crystal clear glue line.

-- Tom D

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