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Forum topic by DHaden posted 11-02-2011 05:16 AM 1275 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2011 05:16 AM

I am about ready to glue up my latest project, a walnut dresser top valet. I have sanded it down to 400 grit and applied danish oil. I did the DO before the glue up so that I could get it completely wiped down and dry before assembly. The sides will be in dados in the front and back pieces. My question is will the DO affect the glue up, I am planning on using Elmers wood glue (yellow).

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 05:27 AM

I, too, have recently added pre-assembly finishing to my repertoire of techniques. You may have done this already, but I would simply apply tape to glue areas prior to finishing.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 05:40 AM

You need raw wood to raw wood for the glue to work.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 06:18 AM

you are going to have to use roo glue

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 10:52 PM

What is “roo” glue?

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#5 posted 11-02-2011 10:58 PM

yep , Lee is correct, raw wood, DO will definately affect your bond,, and the tape suggestion is a great idea,,

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 01:49 AM

I don’t what roo glue is, but if I remember correctly, the people who make Gorilla Glue state “Gorilla Glue absolutely loves old adhesives and finishes”. So it might be worth trying that. Just don’t put that much on that it will foam out everywhere.

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#7 posted 11-03-2011 04:17 AM

I promise that Lee is right. Don’t ask how I know! Taking a failed glue up apart, sanding joints back to bare wood and reglueing sucks big time. I too don’t know what roo glue is but I’m anxious to learn.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 11-03-2011 04:51 PM

I would call the manufacturer of the finish and ask them.

Not too long ago I goofed up and finished an area where I need to glue something later. The finish was General Finishes Armour Seal. They told me that all I had to do was lightly sand the finished area and Tightbond III would hold just fine. They were right.


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#9 posted 11-04-2011 01:15 AM

roo glue will bond wood to a finished surface, we use it at work alot when we deal with prefinished parts, and it wont foam and make a mess like gorilla glue.

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 04:59 AM

Thanks for the tips, looks like I have some sanding in my near future.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#11 posted 11-05-2011 05:12 AM

Well I solved the problem with a bit of 80 grit and a random orbital sander. All glued up, pictures to come.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#12 posted 11-05-2011 05:18 AM

FYI ,for future projects if you want to prefinish – just make sure you mask out the joinery areas so that they do not get finish on them, then you can use any regular glue when it’s glue up time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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