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Forum topic by Steve Friedman posted 01-27-2010 02:37 AM 965 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve Friedman

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01-27-2010 02:37 AM

I’m about to start a cold moulding project and I’m interested in recommendations for adhesives. A friend told me that the standard glues (Titebond and yellow glue) are not used for this technique.

Does anyone have any experience – recommendations?

I’d like to hear from you.


-- Steve

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 02:40 AM

Cold moulding is a new term to me.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 02:52 AM

“Cold-Molding is a composite method of wooden boat building that uses many different layers of thin wood, called veneers, oriented in all different directions, resulting in a strong monoque structure, similar to a fibreglass hull. Usually composed of a base layer of strip planking followed then by multiple veneers, cold-molding is becoming popular in very large, wooden superyachts. “


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#3 posted 01-27-2010 02:53 AM

Hi Jim,

I’m beginning to understand that you live on this site. Cold molding is what my friend describes it I don’t know if it is the correct term or not. Anyway, it involves resawing stock material into thin strips ( 1/8 inch or thinner) and then pressing them into a form to create curved pieces. I guess it only differs from other bend wood techniques because it doesn’t use heat to change the fibers.

Hope that helps.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 04:02 PM

David Marks has done a few projects like this for large ovals and other curved work. He uses a plastic resin glue. Aliphatic (he says) will allow creep after cured.
IIRC, he clamps every 4-6 inches!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 05:51 PM

West System type Epoxy or Urea glues are commonly used for cold molding. You are basically laminating pieces to make a structurally sound project. These types of glues, when set, will help retain the shape curved surfaces with little or no deflection. Epoxies can be used in colder temps. In cold climates, wrapping the glue-up with blankets and using a safe heater will help in the curing process.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 04:09 AM

For any boat project, I would use West System Epoxy. It penetrates the wood about 1/32” and is very strong and waterproof. It also works well with fiberglass or kevlar cloth. We used it on hovercrafts that ran in the winter as well as summer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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