Which super glue to use: thin, medium or thick?

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Forum topic by becikeja posted 01-09-2017 01:50 PM 1160 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2017 01:50 PM

A while back I tried my hand at making a strum stick for my son and was added to the Stewmac email spam list.
I am not a luthier, but every once in a while I find an interesting product that I can make good use of in my woodworking.

This morning I received an add for tinted super glue. Hmm that’s interesting I thought. But digging deeper I found this “trade secret” on which super glue to use that I thought was worth sharing. Very informative for me, hope it helps someone else as well.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 11:46 PM

What is a strum stick (asks the musically challenge woodworker)?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 04:24 AM

Interesting article, thanks for posting the link.

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 12:30 PM

What is a strum stick (asks the musically challenge woodworker)?

- Mark Shymanski

I was on the road did not get a chance to respond. Here is a link to the strum stick I made:

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#4 posted 01-13-2017 05:04 PM

I use CA a lot in my other hobby, fencing armory. There are, of course, wide variation between vendors in viscosity, but you can usually find thin, medium and thick versions of most quality vendor’s products. I’m partial to Zap, but Bob Smith Industries is also very good. Pretty much as the linked article says, you use thin when you want wicking, and thick when you want it to stay where you put it. The thinner viscosity holds faster, so if you need fast hold, go thin, and of course accelerators make any viscosity hold quick. You can’t expect a thick CA to hold instantly with accelerator. Thin will. I prefer to use the accelerator on one side and the glue on the other side, press together and you get an immediate hold, but I only use accelerator when I need it. It still takes 24 hours to go to the maximum bond strength, but you get a really tenacious hold after 15 minutes without accelerator and a few seconds with accelerator. When in a pinch, water is an effective accelerator, although it will cloud the otherwise clear glue color.

CA has a shelf life. If you don’t use it a lot, buy the small bottles. You can clear the nozzle of the thin CA with a pin or needle. That’s less successful with the thicker viscosity only because the nozzle is bigger and there is more hardened glue to dislodge. I try to cap quickly when I’m using CA and I make sure the nozzle is clear before I put the cap on. Better glues have both an inner seal and an outer protective cap.

Keep debonder around for when you glue your finger to something :(

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