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Forum topic by hvroberts posted 12-31-2010 08:20 PM 955 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2010 08:20 PM

This is a very good glue. I use this on most of my projects. I made 2 rattles for a couple grand kids of mine. These were turned on the Lathe. I cut this in 2 pieces and drilled out the inside, Than placed a couple beans in and glued it back together again. Than I finished turning it to my specs. The wood I used is Birch and now that it is done I see a dark line where it was cut and glued back together again. Now I wonder if this glue is safe for children. They lap and chew on anything they can get hold of. I know that it is a very small amount to be concerned about, but if it is not good, any amount is to much.
How do you folks feel about this, I would like to know. Yesterday there is a member that is concerned because this TB III stained his clamps. It is a powerful glue & works great. What do you think?

-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 11:38 PM

I would call the manufacturer and get the MDS information on it.
Tech Support 1-800-347-4583
Customer Service 1-800-669-4583
Mfr. is Franklin International, Columbus. OH.

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 12:49 AM

I use TB-III almost exclusively. I don’t worry about what color it dries and/or if it is toxic because, if I do my job right, it will not be visible or exposed.

b.t.w. – I’m quite confident that, when dry, it is not toxic. They claim it to be water proof which means it should not dissolve when exposed to a child’s tongue.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 01:08 AM

Should be fine in its dry form. It is PVA.

TB III dries with a darker glue line than TB II which dries with a darker glue line than TB I.

If in the long run you want something they can injest, consider hide glue but not the bottled stuff from Franklin as it contains additivies. Old Brown or mix from pellets. :) (but not guarateed to be slobber proof).

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 01:11 AM

I use TB3 on all my cutting boards and anything outdoors. I use regular TB for everything else..


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#5 posted 01-01-2011 01:33 AM

I use Lee Valley house brand for dark wood as it is slighly brownish right out of the container.
I use tightbond III for outdoor projects where hopefully, I wont have any ankle biters sucking on my projects.
I don’t know the exact formulation of TB III but suspect that it is modified PolyVinylAcetate.
It may react with the tannins in most woods releasing an oxidising solution before drying to a polymer.
You can color white glue with water soluable dyes if necessary to blend in joint gaps that wont disappear in the finishing process.

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