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Posted on Gluing African Blackwood to Walnut?

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 07:39 PM

HI.. I am curious about other people’s process, but when I mix domestic with dense exotics I usually scuff the exotic and wipe it down with either acetone or alcohol… instead of titebond… I use Westsystem resin epoxy mixed with a little of the exotic dust as filler… the reason I developed this is because open grained domestics can dry the wood glue much faster than the exotics can and the first time stress or moisture comes in.. the two will split apart.. But I make a lot of ritual tools and things that can get left outside…Resin has not failed me on this yet.

The funny thing is… just before I read this post, I am gluing up a small sign for a company of their logo in alternating walnut and bloodwood. I scuffed the bloodwood with 220 sandpaper, wiped with alcohol (warning… alcohol will darken the bloodwood) and then thought… hmmm.. I am gluing face to face.. and I grabbed the titlebond III. Now I am worried. Not that I couldn’t start again, but a moments decision… and this sign is to sit on a office desk, not be played with outside… sigh..I will let you know tomorrow.

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