cyanacrylate adhesive as a wood finish

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Forum topic by Neverstoplearning posted 03-07-2010 04:12 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2010 04:12 PM

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I have read threads about using this superglue as a finish and the titebond folks even mention one of it’s uses as a finish. The threads have all been turners on pens, rings, etc. I have a black and white ebony puzzle box that I am wondering about using it on the interior. Inside dimensions are only 2×3 so it is small. Reason I might want to do this is because the ebony is prone to checking..I have thin scroll sawn walls about 2 inches tall and the scrap pieces from the ends that I set aside checked almost immediately. I have oiled the puzzle box ends and kept it ok thus far but am worried about future potential for checking and this glue could prevent that and might work as a finish if it could be applied to look nice as well. Any thoughts or experience please. I am only considering the interior of the puzzle box. Justin

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 07:25 PM

Hi, Some guy that knows desert ironwood said that this would work on other woods to was use natural bean oil and he uses cyanoacrylate as a sealer and finish. This glue gets in those fine line checks and seals it right away or prevents checks so the process that your doing should be just fine for the interior of your puzzle box.

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 07:28 PM

If you want to do CA, you can use a plastic bag to spread it on the wood. This eliminates many of the ridges that a paper towel would leave, and also, there is something in paper towels that reacts with CA glue that makes it cure faster.

Also, use the extra thin CA glue, it will smooth out and settle before drying. If you can’t find any locally, you can always order from Starbond. They are great folks, have great prices and ship very, very fast. They also have a line of black CA glue that is great.

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 10:33 PM

Thank you both for some insight. At least I know I’m not crazy for wanting to try this. I think I will give the plastic bag a try and see what happens. Just a little worried about it running to the bottom of the box before it sets up and having a pool down there. I know it dries fast but it is so crazy thin and viscous that any chance gravity has to act I know it will do so. Justin

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 10:58 PM

Justin, if you’re worried just do one side at a time keeping that side horizontal. Since it’ll set up fast it shouldn’t take too long.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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