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11-24-2011 02:06 PM

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I am making a Mission Bed. This is my first mortise and tenon build. It is a Queen size and both the headboard and foot board have 29 spindles each. I have dry fitted it and all is well. My question is what type of glue should I use that does not set up to fast so that I have time to assemble and get is squared and clamped.

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 03:15 PM

Titebond II makes a glue with an extended open time or you could use hide glue which doesnt require any clamping. TB has a hide glue out there in a brown bottle. There is probably a way to thin the glue as well, ive read using water will slow down the cure rate. I think id go with the hide glue or extended TB II.

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 04:20 PM

I wouldn’t even attempt to thin the glue. Titebond II extend.
product details here, you may have to search online for it

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 07:52 AM

If you need more time or cant find titebond extend epoxy will give you much more open time as well, epoxy wont make the joints expand as you glue up either

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 05:20 PM

I have found the Titebond Extend. Thanks for all the info guys!

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 05:06 PM

You’ve got plenty of good suggestions already, but if you can find plastic resin glue—DAP Weldwood—you’ll have plenty of open-pot time for that extensive glue-up.

Also, if those spindles fit fairly snug, I’m not sure it would be necessary to apply glue to all of them.

Let us know how the Titebond Extend works out for you.

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#6 posted 11-30-2011 03:21 PM

You have a good point Tbone. The tenon fit very tightly into the Mortise. I am thinking maybe they do not need to be glued as they really do not contribute to the strength of the bed. Thanks for getting me focused.

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#7 posted 11-30-2011 03:52 PM

Without a doubt the best glue for that particular job would be Old Brown Glue by Patrick Edwards. It is a liquid hide glue with a long working time and completely reversible. It also won’t show up like other glues when stained and finished. I really recommend checking out his web site.

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