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Forum topic by BassBully posted 2718 days ago 1019 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BassBully

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2718 days ago

A few of years ago I became really ambitious and purchased TiteBond II glue in the gallon jug. I’ve only used a quarter of it since then and now the glue has gotten stiff.

Does anyone know a way to get it loosened up? Lacquer thinner seems to thin about everything else but I don’t know if that would be worthwhile for glue.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!


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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 2717 days ago

Unfortunately, I think you’re probably going to have to eat the cost on that, BB.

Even if you could get it thinned down again, would you really trust it to have the structural integrity it’s supposed to have after fully curing?

I’d toss the bottle and call it a lesson learned (and not two lessons learned when one of your projects falls apart because of glue joint failure).

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Obi

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#2 posted 2717 days ago

That’s absurd. I’ve gone through 2 1/2 gallons in the last year. You really need to spend more time in the shop. As for thinnig the glue, I’m sorry, I don’t know if you can.

Is it stiff all the way through or just the top? If it’s just the top, maybe you can cut the gallon in half, remove the top layer, and pour the rest into a smaller container.

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BassBully

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#3 posted 2717 days ago

Those are very good points. I’ll just get rid of it. Next time I’ll purchase the smaller bottles. Lesson Learned.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Bill

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#4 posted 2716 days ago

Or share with the other Lumberjock Co-Op members. Buy a gallon, save off a quart in another bottle, and pass the gallon on to the next person. Obi would take it I bet!

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Obi

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#5 posted 2716 days ago

Nope… like I said, I’ve gone through 2 1/2 gallons in the last year. If I ever have a glue problem is whats gonna happen if I ever run out.

I really think Bully should glue more things. Does that make me a glue addict as well?

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BassBully

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#6 posted 2716 days ago

It only makes you an addict if you’re sniffing it!

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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SteveM

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#7 posted 2716 days ago

there was a post somewhere (Highland Woodworking?) that gave the secret to the date codes for several glue manufacturers. I’ll search if someone needs it (retiring in 40 minutes so will have more time). Agree with others, old glue isn’t worth the risk.

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 2716 days ago

sharing is a nice idea—maybe a local senior’s club that does some woodworking.. or a Scout’s group.

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Bill

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#9 posted 2715 days ago

I am guessing that water would not thin it, even though that is what you use to clean up the glue. But, I would say if it is not good, toss it and buy a new smaller batch. One reason I have been buying my glue in pint or quart size bottles so far. Maybe one day I will get busy enough like Obi to buy the gallon size ones. Until then, I will stick with the pint or quart size.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2715 days ago

I looked up some info on Titebond, check it out.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#11 posted 2706 days ago

The titebond info Dick mentioned says no more than 5% dilution with water. A good thing to know that you can dilute it a bit, but very little.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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