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Forum topic by Tim29 posted 12-26-2010 08:53 AM 1866 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2010 08:53 AM

I am getting ready to finish a project made of oak and I am going to stain it dark. I read somewhere that you can brush something on the glued joints to see if there are any glue blotches left over. If
I remember correctly, it is denatured alcohol but I am not sure. Anybody have some suggestions?

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 09:13 AM

I usually just wipe the surface with a rag dampened with mineral spirits. It evaporates and leaves no residue.

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 09:28 AM

Thanks Bill

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 05:39 PM

Yep, mineral spirits works well. There is some kind of new fangled glue now that has an additive so that you can shine a black light on the project and see any dried glue. I don’t have a black light but I do have mineral spirits!

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 11:24 PM

Most people have mineral spirits on-hand, so that’s my vote since, as Bill pointed out, it dries quickly and won’t get in the way of whatever finish you want to lay down.

Then if you find glue, but are having trouble getting it all off, you might want to apply a little bit of dewaxed shellac as a sealer coat in order to get an even finish. As I recently found out though, working with shellac properly takes a bit of practice to really apply evenly and properly.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 11:30 PM

Just wipe down with mineral spirits.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 09:34 PM

Thanks guys. Mineral spirits worked like a charm.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 10:02 PM

Mineral spirits will work.
I use VM&P Naphtha because it evaporates quicker.

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 10:14 PM

I keep two big spray bottles on my work bench at all time. One bottle has water, the other has Mineral Spirits. I use it just about every day in the shop. The spray bottle makes it easier then pouring out of the big container.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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