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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 05-10-2012 11:35 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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05-10-2012 11:35 PM

This was a gimme from our broadband company.

The project was spreading glue on the three-piece sandwich in the middle image. the core piece has some narrow—3/4”—areas on which it’s nice to get just the right amount. I pour about 3/4 cup of TB II into a can and squirt about 7 blasts of water into it for easier spreading.

Typically I use a 1” chip-type nylon bristle brush. It does the job but if the weather’s warm and I have a pair to do—I can stack two in the vacuum bag—the brush gets choked with drying glue at the upper end of the bristles. This made cleaning it a headache.

That was not a problem with the new brush. It worked amazingly well, and the payoff was the ease of cleaning. It carried a lot, distributed it well, and sat there obediently in the can when it wasn’t called upon. I will try it two more times in the next couple days, so if my opinion changes I’ll post here.

If you’re curious to try this, you might find one for sale in the kitchen gizmo section of the store you like. I think they’re being pushed for spreading barbecue sauce.

If you have tried it, your experience is welcome here, agree or not.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in 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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#1 posted 05-10-2012 11:55 PM

Here I go again – probably sliding off the edge of the subject, but -

I can’t use a brush to cover larger areas with glue, when I’m veneering.
Instead I’ve had good luck with a glue bottle that has a rubber roller head.
The roller spreads the glue pretty fast and I only need to squeeze the bottle to
dispense additional glue. If the glue starts to dry up, on the roller,adding
more glue will keep it moist and spreading or the roller can easily
be wiped off with a paper towel or dampened rag. It helps that I use
TB Cold Press Veneer Glue that has a 15 minute open time more like
TB Extended or TB III. I think TBII dries too quickly.

If you would like to experiment, you’re welcome to try my roller bottle and the glue that I use.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 05:03 PM

Good insights, Terry, as always. My glueing landscape is much smaller than yours. Here are some images of a mockup gluespread. The material is 5/4 alder, the glue is TBII thinned a bit with water:

-- "...in 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 05-11-2012 05:05 PM

These last two show the edges and the minimum drippage I’m experiencing with this mucilage spreadage stylage:

Today I did one real world glueup and this mockup, and twice the “brush” stuck to the glue and the handle pulled out. Minor problem which I suspect will be prevented by unconscious style in the future.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in 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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