Verawood gluing

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Forum topic by DromSealis posted 10-26-2015 08:17 AM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2015 08:17 AM


I am sending Verawood to a foreign woodworker who has no experience so far with working Verawood (Argentinian Lignum Vitae).

One of the requirements of creating my chess pieces is to drill a hole and stick a non-lathable sculptural component onto the lathed chess shaft; gluing would be needed to hold the components together.

Have there been any success stories on gluing this stubborn waxy wood? Your anonymous testimony will greatly help this woodworker who’s building my chess set.

(Half Verawood, half Steamed Swiss-pear).

On a side note, how many days in a row should one leave Verawood exposed to the sun or a Lamp in order to transform it green?

Thanks so much for the help.

-- Drom

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 08:37 AM

Hi Drom,
Haven’t used verawood myself, but Ipe and teak I believe have very similar properties when it comes to stubborn gluing. About the only thing you can do as far as I know, is acetone just prior, and use an epoxy or polyurethane glue. Using these types of adhesives also means you want to accept a bit more of a glue line, and use less pressure (sounds like not that much of a concern in your case) – but there is more risk of starving the joint than usual. Also, I tend to ignore this one relying more on surface prep (acetone) and a good glue up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone suggested lightly scuffing the joint with 180 or something.

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 08:41 AM

Forgot about the colour…. Again just speculating, but I thought vera was pretty green when cut, and will go a much darker green as it oxidizes? I would just let it go at its own pace as it will wind up pretty dark eventually, but if you wanted to give it a headstart a couple days in the sun would probably do that.
Best of luck!

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