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04-21-2012 12:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glue temperature

I have an unheated shop in New England. In the cold weather, I always do glue-ups in the house. I use Titebond III.

During the Spring and Fall, the temperature is often high enough to glue-up in the shop during the day, but then drops below the recommended temperature at night. In this situation, I haul the piece into the house for the night. I wondered if this is necessary. Using the form at, I asked how long after glue-up the temperature is important.

I received an excellent response in just 30 minutes. I thought I would share this information, as well as give a big thumbs-up to the customer service.

Titebond III will not chemically perform at or below its stated Chalk temperature of 47° F. If you reduce the temperature of the wood, glue or room below the chalking temperature, the glue does not coalesce (form a continuous film) on drying. This is evidenced by a dried film which is whiter than normal and looks “chalky.” Where the bond is formed at all, the resultant strength of a chalked glue joint is lower than normal and will always remain weak and often times will fail.

In regards to timeframe, the temperature really needs to be maintained for a minimum of 24 hours after glue up. At temperatures closer to the 47° F, you may want to wait 36 hours to be sure the glue has dried completely.

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 12:37 PM

Excellent info Chuck. Thanks for posting…..

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 12:38 PM

Good information to know. I’m fortunate that recently, even in the middle of winter, my garage here in North Carolina never drops into the 40’s. Summer temperatures are another matter.

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 03:33 PM

I had a couple of glue failures this winter when the titebond 3 went white quickly. It gets close to zero often, but not really bad this year. I had to increase the temp in my shop and cut back on making big cutting boards. I started to ‘whack’ the boards on my work bench to get some idea if the glue bond was good! thanks for the info.

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 05:55 PM

Wow, unfortunately I know exactly what they mean by “chalky” white film….hope those joints don’t fail. Oh well, too late to do anything about it now.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 10:35 PM

+1 for covering with an electric blanket!

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 10:47 PM

That explains why the last two boards I glued onto my workbench came off so easily when I didn’t think they glued on correctly. Only took a small chisel and a hammer to seperate them and they came apart at the glue line. All my other projects I glued in the cold but immediately set in the hallway outside my shop door and they bonded strong.

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 11:17 PM

I would recommend you look at using urea glue for winter

PVA glues are convenient and I use them, but faced with
the threat of joint failure and shuffling work into the house
you are dealing with in the winter I would mostly use
something else. Weldwood, sold in a powder, has
a very long shelf life and is versatile.

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 11:34 PM

Thanks for posting the info, I knew the cold weather was a factor, I have not had any joints fail so far, (fingers crossed), but there is always a first time. Up here in the north east you never know what winter is going to be, last year was like antartica this year, one snow in October, ( go figure) and 50-70 degrees on and off through Jan- March. I have a heated shop but the cost to heat it up here, I might have to sell a Kidney which only gets me through one winter, LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 04:31 PM

Good stuff Chuck, thanks

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