|Forum topic by BobTheFish||posted 06-23-2011 06:25 AM||1166 views||1 time favorited||13 replies|
06-23-2011 06:25 AM
Today I was cleaning up and getting a few old pieces ready to hit the sidewalk pre-garbage pickup. Though mainly MDF and junk “wood” that I’m not upset to toss out, I also was debating one of my first tables, a coffee table of walnut and oak that I made back in high school. With this piece in particular, it wasn’t exactly the greatest piece of craftsmanship, in fact, it was quite simple, however it had been thoroughly beaten and repaired over time, and was hoping to put it out in hopes someone else might see it, snag it, and it might find a new home.
What I noticed about it though was that the glue was quite tacky and gummy in the rather high humidity of today, and then, while picking up another chunk of wood (a piece of scrap where two boards were adhered face to face), I was able to easily separate it where it was joined. (I believe it was only contact cement anyhow)
Now today may be a bit hot and humid in particular, but it did get me to thinking, “What is the best weathering glue for woodworking available?” “what glue is most recommendable without becoming a gooey mess due to moisture, and yet moves with the wood still?” and considering an upcoming project (now on hold), I’m definitely considering a rather large tabletop with a relatively natural finish (or perhaps only oil). What’s going to give me the above and no be overly reactive to the presence of water OR oil?
Mind you, PVA I’ve used often for binding books, and one of my biggest gripes has been how moisture reactive it is… Even the smallest drop can sometimes revert it back to a semi-liquid form. So unless you have a secret concoction regarding that, I’d rule out PVA….
Any hints, tips, or recommendations?