titebond 3 problems when in the sun?

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05-16-2011 12:36 AM

I have been making cutting boards and selling them at local shows for the past year. I us walnut, cherry, and maple in most of my boards and us titebond 3 for glue. Now that the weather is getting warmer I am noticing problems with my glue joints. At shows I am having to move my boards around and flip them over all the time to keep the joints from turning white. It looks like it would if you glued up under 50 degrees and the glue chalked up. This happens mainly in the walnut boards because they are getting hotter from there dark color in the sun. Anyone else ever have this problem? Does this cause a problem in the strength of the glue joint? Any solutions?

-- Robin

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 03:11 AM

Go to titebond web site and they clearly say for type III: Chalk temperature approx. 47°F. Like my daddy said – Boy you need to read all the writing.


-- Miles

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 03:18 AM

Oh dang.. i didn’t even know that happened.

-- "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 06:11 AM

I am not having this problem during colder temps. It is 80 plus outside and in direct sunlight. The problem comes up if them get to warm or hot from the sunlight. From some more research I think it might have something to do with glue creep.

-- Robin

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 04:54 PM

Perhaps I didn’t understand the warning on their web site. I thought the meaning of the warning is that if you applied the glue at temperatures at or below 47 degrees chalking could take place.


-- Miles

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 05:40 PM

Chalking does happen at colder temps i have had that happen as well. The boards I have had problems with where built in temps between 60 to 75 degrees. After looking for some more info online last night I thinks the glue is creeping out and then the part that creeped out is turning white. So i guess my questions now is why is if titebond 3 dries brown why is the part that creeps up turning white. Could it be a UV problem?

-- Robin

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 05:41 PM

Use dark wood glue for walnut.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 08:08 PM

Sounds like a phone call to Titebond is in order. Let us know what they say.

-- Joe

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 05:33 PM

Use a polyurethane glue. Read all the instructions about clean up.


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#9 posted 05-26-2011 04:05 AM

I second the comment Joe made above and let us know what they say.


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#10 posted 05-26-2011 05:43 AM

How old is the glue? The shelf life is 12 months.

-- mrg

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