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05-04-2012 02:35 PM

Hi everyone quick question about gluing up. I bought the wood pack from woodcraft for making a cutting board and got the titebond III (which sets up amazingly fast!!! not good for a new woodworker like myself). I know when you clamp the wood you get some squeeze out I let the glue set up just a tad and used a chisel to gently scrape the somewhat dried glue off. but there are little stains on the wood, will that go away when fully dried? Or is it going to be there until I sand it down? its not like big globs of glue just little markings where the glue was.


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#1 posted 05-04-2012 02:39 PM

It should go away when your sand it Mike,if you feel better about it you can use a damp sponge and wipe of the excess just be careful not to take it out of the joints.

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 02:41 PM

It’ll be there and be a dark brown if it was Titebond III. But it will sand off if not too deeply in the grain. Next time wash off with a damp sponge before it sets up.

Jim beat me to it.

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 03:07 PM

cool thanks for the info guys, I also learned to glue up only a few pieces at a time, much easier that way. I think I might have to plane it to make the joints line up, they are not off that far, but far enough to annoy me.

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 07:03 PM

Mike, if the initial alignment of the pieces on your cutting boards are anything like mine, then you’ll end up sanding away far more than just the excess glue!!

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 07:07 PM

Yes bill I think I will be doing a lot of sanding! Hey would the glue mess up the blades on a planer?

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 07:14 PM

Mike, dried glue will do a number on your planer blades if the glue bubbles are still really bumpy and raised. If theyre semi smooth you can run it through the planer, just not if its an end grain board.

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 07:15 PM

You can run glue through a planer, but I heavily recommend scraping off any blobs before putting it through. Dull them up very, very fast hitting those hardened glue blobs, and you might get some tearout if the glue carries some wood with it.
Titebond III is not that fast. What temperature is the room you are working in?
It is however very strong, and that is why you might get tearout on the planer in addition to dull blades if you do not take the blobs off before planing.

One side note: don’t forget, if you are planing with a blade planer, make sure all the grain is going with the blade rotation on that cutting board.

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#8 posted 05-04-2012 08:24 PM

yeah scraped all the blobs of glue off, I might actually be able to sand it down, the difference between the boards is less than half a credit card, the rest of the ones that I glued up are just about dead on flat, but the first few…not so pretty. nope there is no end grain, this is the kit I bought I am thinking about putting some kind of dark wood as a border around it any ideas?

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#9 posted 05-05-2012 12:10 AM

A cabinet scraper will remove material faster than sandpaper, taking the glue off and leaving a flat, smooth surface that you won’t even have to sand.

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#10 posted 05-06-2012 03:04 PM

cool thanks CJ I will look into one of those. Heard they were good.


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