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Forum topic by GaryK posted 12-30-2009 08:21 AM 2594 views 0 times favorited 91 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2009 08:21 AM

We all do it. Using our finger to spread glue, catch some drips, wipe off some squeeze out…

But what do you do with the glue left on your finger?

Back when I was in California in my garage shop I used to wipe it on the underside of my bench. Now then my bench was a solid core door so I didn’t care all that much for it. Now that I have a nice solid maple bench I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Instead I wipe my finger on anything but my bench. I always use my right index finger to wipe glue. Usually I’ve taken to wiping in the palm of my left hand. This is very convenient since I always have it with me where ever I go. It’s also easy to just roll off the glue when I’m done. It kinda gives me something to do while I’m thinking about my next step.

Sometimes I’ll happen to have a piece of brown construction paper taped to the top of my bench, for whatever reason, and if it’s within reach I’ll use it.

Now I am curious what you guys and gals do?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 08:25 AM

That’s what overalls are for:-))

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 08:27 AM

I used to have a woodworkers apron. The entire front of it was glue. We would have little contests to see who could get the biggest chip of glue off. I stopped wearing the apron and took to wiping it under the bench. Now I try to have a damp rag handy.

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 08:32 AM

I usually go for piece of paper towel… I have been known to use my T-shirt or sweat pants or shorts… :)

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 08:33 AM

Try to have a damp rag handy, but usually don’t.haha Mostly just under the bench, and you should see the looks my wife gives me when she catches me. (and I thought I was the only one doing that! HA!)


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#5 posted 12-30-2009 08:35 AM

Definitely not on the curtains… lol

I use my shorts.. I have 3 pair that I am only allowed to wear in the shop… Don’t you dare got to town dressed like that!!!

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 08:35 AM

I use a damp cotton rag ready to wipe off excess glue from the glue up is also useful to clean the glue off your finger. Never wipe it on your bench.. :) its like putting gum under one of your wood projects..

-- Scott, Colorado

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 08:36 AM

Nah!! There’s nothing new in the world Scrappy:-)

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 08:54 AM

leg of the pants; pva, epoxy, liquid nails, caulk, foaming insulation, pretty much whatever is on my fingers ends up on the legs of my pants. I know I picked that up from my father, he’s in his late 60’s and still wipes pretty much everything on the legs of his pants. I have multiple pairs of jeans with stiff hard trails / blobs / patches / abstract art, all from glue and caulk and whatever. I bought myself a pack of cheap’ish kitchen aprons so I could wear them in the shop and wipe on them instead of my pants. Old habits die hard, particularly when I forget to even put on the apron.

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#9 posted 12-30-2009 09:00 AM

mmmm good LOL

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 09:21 AM

L.O.L. call for your lady, and when she comes to see what you want give her a big ol hug rubbing her back and say I just wanted to give you a hug and a kiss. HHHMMM maybe thats why mine left.

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#11 posted 12-30-2009 12:03 PM

I always have a damp cloth handy and a gallon ice cream bucket with warm water in it. When I start glueing up something I change the water often because I feel the warm water cleans up the glue better. My shop is just off from the kitchen so it is no big deal to do that.

God bless

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 12:22 PM

Apron, work trousers, bench (usally ends up in the dog holes).

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#13 posted 12-30-2009 12:44 PM

Rag, shirt, pants, I purposely wear old shirts and pants when I’m gluing or staining ‘cuz if I don’t I usually have another set of old pants and shirt. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 12-30-2009 12:53 PM

pants ,
thats how i test the different glue ,

how stuck on them it is after the wash !

titebond 2-3 and silicone caulk ,
are definitely good adhesives !

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#15 posted 12-30-2009 01:01 PM

I’ve always been a paste eater, so sometimes I mix it with a little extra sawdust just to give it a little more consistency. Or maybe I have a special sweatshirt that I try to wear during glue up. Under stuff seems to work, I have been trying to keep a damp washcloth for remove excess from the glue line but bad habits “stick” with you. Good question

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