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08-10-2015 11:38 AM

A goodly number of years ago I remember watching a box-making woodworking video.

The guy did his thing, and, having made a finger joint box, he assembled it.

I thought he was just test-fitting, but then he took some glue (I recall it being a small tube, but I wouldn’t swear to it) and applied it to the various joins, allowing capillary action to take the glue into the joints themselves.
Pow! Done.

I’ve never seen this method done since, nor heard of it mentioned.
But it seems like a great idea to me – glue-up is always a bit of a panic situation, but this way you can spend all day getting it right and then just say, as it were – ”Bam – stay like that forever”.

So, I have 2 questions…
1) What type of glue was this? Brand names are going to less helpful to me, in here Portugal, than the type/technology of this glue, but I can look things up from a brand to get the type, hopefully.
2) Is this a good, bad, or simply valid, way of doing this.

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 01:04 PM

Not sure, but probably CA or cyanoacrylate.

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 01:13 PM

It probably was Chair Doctor™ Glues.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/page.aspx?p=30261&cat=1,110,42965&ap=1

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 02:06 PM


Not sure, but probably CA or cyanoacrylate.
- firefighterontheside

I think (perhaps someone could confirm or deny), that that’s what we English call “Superglue”?
That’s what this article calls it.
I can buy that :-)

I wonder what the downside is to using it in the manner I described – ie after assembly?

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 02:15 PM

Yes it’s superglue. It can be bought in larger quantities and is just call cyanoacrylate. My thinking is that on a narrow joint it will work fine, but on a wide joint it will not penetrate far enough to make a strong joint. Also it may interfere with finishing later.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 08-10-2015 02:16 PM

Scott Phillips used to use a type of CA glue, where you had to activate it with water. Just a “spritz” on one side of the joint, and the glue on the other. He used to do a lot of Bandsaw Boxes on his shows…

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 03:17 PM

I have used tons of cyranocylate. I wouldnt suggest it here. Think about bolts: softer ones arent as strong but will flex; harder ones are strong but will “shatter”. superglue is like a grade 8 bolt.

Not sure, but probably CA or cyanoacrylate.
- firefighterontheside

I think (perhaps someone could confirm or deny), that that s what we English call “Superglue”?
That s what this article calls it.
I can buy that :-)

I wonder what the downside is to using it in the manner I described – ie after assembly?

- KnickKnack


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KnickKnack

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#7 posted 08-10-2015 03:48 PM

Thanks for all the info.
The reason I was asking, apart from it seemed like a cool idea, is that I have in mind something to make that’s going to require considerable assembly – not joints as such, but a quantity of things joined together – and they’ll need some re-arranging too, until they look “right” – so being able to spend as long as it takes doing that, and then using a “magic wand” to fix them together sounded like what the doctor ordered. For that which I have in mind the joins (sic) aren’t structural.

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#8 posted 08-11-2015 05:45 AM

You can get CA glue Thin, Medium, or Thick types…

I like Thick where you can glue as you would use any glue… but it will cure in minutes if left alone… or cure in seconds if sprayed with an accelerator.

CA glue will deteriorate if exposed to Light & UV rays…

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