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07-14-2010 12:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question glue

I am working on my dollhouse and wanted an opinion from the crowd before I go ahead and start gluing things. I have Titebond and if you all think that will work for this, I’ll use it. But if not—I’m not attached to the idea.

The “subfloor” is MDF. The “floor boards” are various hardwoods. They are 1/8” thick and about 1/2” wide, in lengths up to 4”. Due to the way the house is set up, I have to install the floorboards into the rooms, finished. I can’t clamp them down, though I can use painter’s tape as needed. I do not need to be terribly liberal with my application of glue, since it’s not actually structural or anything.

My concerns are mainly:

1) Will the glue warp the wood? Since the wood is thin, I’m not sure if it would or not. Any experience with wood this thin, in this kind of application?
2) Think just tape will be enough to hold it down?
3) Would an epoxy be better than a glue?
4) I can’t sand (much) after it’s installed, so whatever method I use will need to ensure the pieces are as flat and level as they possibly can be. (Obviously going to great efforts to ensure this beforehand, but I don’t want glue to be what un-levels it)

I AM planning on doing an entire room at a time – probably an entire storey. I will have all of the wood ready before I start applying anything sticky.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 12:09 AM

Tape will be enough to insure a good bond. If your boards are prefinished, have a damp sponge on hand (and Q-tips). Straws also work well for removing in corners. I think the epoxy would be more of a mess. If it’s possible to put any kind of weight on the floor (small cans?) they could help.

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 12:15 AM

Ah, sorry, should have mentioned – the boards are NOT pre-finished.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 12:20 AM

You shouldn’t have a problem with using titebond. I’ve used it for 1/8 and 1/4 stuff without a problem. One thing you might consider if you are still hesitant is a small drop of gorilla superglue.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 12:34 AM

I think Titebond would work fine, but superglue would work faster.

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 12:34 AM

if you ‘slide’ the boards slightly ,
with the right amount of glue on them ,
they will stay that way on their own ,
the ‘vacuum’ holds them .
try it first , so you get a feel for how much glue to use ,
you don’t want so much that it rumples the floor .
or crepes out to much .
like red riding hood ,
to much ,
to little ,
just right !

believe it or not ,
i read about this in a book years ago ,

it is called a ’ glue joint ’ !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 01:17 AM

David you are so silly….It was Goldilocks that got it “just right” !
Lis, I use Titebond on thin woods without a problem.
You won’t need a lot of glue just enough to get the planks to tack.
Practice first like David said.


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#7 posted 07-14-2010 01:18 AM

I can add much more then what has been said good luck and cant waste to see it when done

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 01:26 AM

lisa ,

bed time story’s ,
weren’t a hot ticket item at my house
never read dr suess either .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 01:41 AM

hot glue gun

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#10 posted 07-14-2010 01:44 AM

I have no experience with small items like this, but I do wonder if hide glue might be better. Since essentially you would be doing a rub joint. If something went awry it could be reversed with a hair dryer.

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 01:52 AM

just throwing this out there, but is hot melt glue a viable option for this sort of thing?

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 02:53 AM

When I cant really clamp something, depending on the situation I like to use expoxy, it sets up much faster so you dont have to keep pressure on quite as long.

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#13 posted 07-14-2010 03:33 AM

I usually use a small weight where I can’t clamp.

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#14 posted 07-14-2010 04:12 AM

I’m in the Titebond camp. If it’s wood, Titebond will hold it. I’ve often used it on small parts without any clamping. My recent Connect 4 game was all MDF, Titbond, and no clamping.

I tested a small bit with Superglue and it just soaked into the MDF.

Hot glue would work, but I find it a stringy, messy pain in the butt to use.

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#15 posted 07-14-2010 04:20 AM

I think I would use white wood glue because it drys clear in case you get any squeeze out.

-- Custom furniture

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