Fixing A cracked Glue Joint

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Forum topic by MNJackofAllTrades posted 02-23-2012 04:21 PM 983 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak clamp joining finishing refurbishing

I need some help. I have a couple of drawer fronts that I glued up from solid oak. When I brought them in from the shop they dried out a bit and one side of the glue joint opened up. The glue must be a little old. Time to throw that bottle out. Anyhow the opposite side is rock solid, but the crack is about 1/32 to 1/16 wide. The question is, what is the best method of getting glue in there so I can reclamp it an close up the gap? The drawer fronts are already stained, but not yet finished.

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 04:32 PM

I keep an artist’s pallette knife in the shop for just such uses. That, a small art brush, a toothpick, or just forcing some glue in with pressure from the nozzle would work. Wipe off the excess and clamp. There ya go.


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#2 posted 02-23-2012 05:47 PM

You only get one shot with glue. It won’t stick to itself. You’ll have to get all of the old glue off, before you’ll be able to get a reliable glue joint. Acetone will dissolve most white and yellow glues.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 07:05 PM

I don’t how much good it will do to get glue between the cracks and reclamp it…

If you’re going to do it anyway, put a liberal amount of glue on one side and suck the glue through the crack with a workshop vac. This really does work well. Clean up, cramp, clean up again.

I saw a Gorilla Glue video on YouTube of a GG technician repairing an old chair. Gorilla Glue “LOVES” old glue and finishes… (well, according to the video it does), so that might be a more suitable adhesive altogether.

In either case it’s possible you may have to sand down and restain, you might be better off remaking them altogether.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 05:00 AM

I’d skip yellow glue and try some 5 minute epoxy.

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