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Forum topic by danr posted 01-13-2010 06:28 AM 1021 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2010 06:28 AM

Hello all of you smart lumber jock dudes and dudests,

I have a question about glue. I have been building furniture for over 20 years and in that time I have done some fairly nerve racking glue-ups. I have only used the typical, yellow woodworking glue that has a fairly short “open-time”. Most of my pieces use white oak which is very porus and seems to really suck up the glue and the parts stick together quickly.

Well I guess I am loosing my nerve because I have an up-coming glue up where I am convinced that I will not be able to manage the assembly quickly enough before the glue setting will mess it up. I have many hours invested and the material is white oak again. I have used Gorrilla glue one time before (which seems to have a longer open time) but that experience made me never want to use that product again (it was way to messy and the clean up was really hard).

So does anyone out there have a suggestion for a glue product that is as easy to used as yellow glue (wipe off with a wet rag) but has a longer open time than the standard yellow glue product? I would really appreciate your suggestions on products and where you can get them.

Thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 07:15 AM

Greetings danr: First off, you didn’t say how much you have to glue up, how big it is, etc. I recommend Tightbond III, or better yet, Tightbond Extend. The latter will give you about 8- 10 minutes(?) longer to do the glue-up. I use the tan, or brown(whichever color you want to call it), if I need a little longer to do a glue-up. The old yellow glue just sets up way to fast, but the glues today are better. Just get a small bottle to try a couple of small glue-ups for a test. And if you like it, then get what ever you need. Tightbond Extend is good stuff…...

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 06:53 PM

Thanks Rick,

I will experiment with the Tightbond Extend.

My project glue up (the one that I was mentioning above) is a flat screen tv table / cabinet. I would call it a medium size carcase but it is in the Greene and Greene style and has some tricky (real) through mortise and tenons and long dados into which the main top and bottom shelfs need to fit into. The dry fit showed me that I have to line up everything and then carefully pull the sides together with long clamps across the front and back of the carcase. I also found that I require 2 of my sons with me to manage all of the pieces, clamps, pads, “where did I leave the mallet?” etc. I need a very tight fit on the long through tenons to make the joint look good on the “show” side.

Thanks again for the tip,

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 07:33 PM

What about using Titebond Liquid Hide Glue? I have not used this, but the reviews seem very good and it is supposed to have a long open assembly time. Since you are making a tv table, you do not have to worry about water resistance of the glue; therefore it may be just what you are looking for. Hopefully someone with experience using this product can comment. There is a very positive review of this product in the Review section here with quite a few comments as well.

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 09:18 PM

Greetings FatScratch: I’m glad you mentioned the Hide glue. I had forgot to say anything about it. I also use this glue alot for big glue-ups. It has an even longer set time than the T.B. Extend. Instrument makers use this glue beacuse of that extended period. I use to build guitars years ago, and used Hide glue, and not much else.
I think I posted a comment here on LJs about hide glue a while back in regard to someone doing a big glue-up.
So—- you could use that instead for longer extend time.

Autumn: You can get the Extend from any woodworking tool catalog, or you can find it at Lowes or Home Depot. I’ve seen at both places, or about anywhere they sell glue, i.e., paint stores, etc…........

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 09:21 PM

I been using yellow carpenter glue since I been woodworking, and I have never had a problem with it.

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