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Towtruck

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05-25-2011 01:41 AM

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Is there a wood glue that is truly stainable? I have bought several that says they are, but they lie. When I make a minor repair with glue and sanding dust, I end up with a white spot that can not be stained.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!


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#1 posted 05-25-2011 02:38 AM

What type of glue have you tried? Generally polyurethane glue is stainable. If I am making a patch or filling something I usually mix some fine sawdust from the project wood with it. Once it sets, sand and it should take the stain pretty well.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 02:43 AM

If you can

pre finish

your work

and only leave the

area that needs to

be glued un finished

Then you can just

wipe away any excess

of yellow glue before

it drys

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 02:00 AM

Normally I use Titebond 1, I’ve used Goralla wood glue, and Elmers stainable wood glue, regular Elmers wood glue, also tried Elmers carpenders glue. It doesn’t make any difference whether I use water base or oil base stain. White spot where the glue was.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 02:26 AM

Titebond will not take the stain. I use Gorilla Polyurethane glue and that will stain pretty good. Most yellow wood glues will not take a stain very well.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 04:57 AM

I have still not found any projects that will stain; glues or fillers. I’m convinced “stainable” is an advertising ploy. If your trying to deal with glue squeeze out around joints, try using blue painters tape around the exposed areas and pull it up about 1/2 hr after gluing. Lots of time, I don’t use tape, I just scrape the excess glue after about 30 to 40 minutes, just when it gets gummy.

If you’re trying to use glue to fill wholes, Wayne is steering you in the right direction, but it’s not easy. I take a sample cutoff piece of the wood, drill a series of wholes in it and try different mixtures to see which is best. Be sure to document your mixing ratios etc.

If your trying to fill wholes from dents, wet the dent with a fairly damp cloth and watch the dent pop out if the wood is unfinished. I sometimes use a cloth iron on the wet areas to pop out dents.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 11:26 PM

Thanks all for the comeback. I thought it was just me, but I couldn’t see what I was doing wrong. I guess the best solution is to be sure not to make any mistakes that have to be repaired and use wood that has perfect surface.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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#7 posted 05-26-2011 11:34 PM

Its not just you. I have learned over the years to deal with glue problems as they arise. (before drying). And yes they did lie to you about it taking stain. But dont let it bother you, my teachers told me I could someday be president but I have overcome that now.

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 01:26 AM

I second the hide glue thing. First, it’s kinda wood colored for many woods, and next, I clean the excess with a damp cloth or fine pored sponge. It doesn’t seem to leave that sealed area that you get trying to clean the other stuff. I never have staining issues. Fine Woodworking Mag did a strength test a while back & found it to be right up there with all the new, high tech stuff. It’s not for where you need water resistance, but great for interior furniture. It certainly has stood the test of time.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 01:27 AM

If you are repairing errors that are small, I have used CA and wood shavings with fair to good results.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 03:30 PM

Can hide glue be mixed with sanding dust to match wood color?

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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