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dusty2

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803 days ago

I have all the parts cut for a small project and because of its size I decided to pre-finish the parts. I was not careful and got a lot of the finish in the dados. I wiped the dados clean so I don’t have a fit problem but am I going to have a problem with the glue not adhering to the finished surfaces.

I used a Minwax polyurethane and stain and I use Titebond III.

I have a real bad feeling about this. Hopefully you will tell me I am wrong and it will work.

-- Making Sawdust Safely


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 803 days ago

Hello epoxy

I too finish before glue up and like to tap off said dados. Things will turn out fine Dusty2.

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#2 posted 803 days ago

waho6o9: are you telling me that I should use epoxy or will the Titebond work?

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#3 posted 803 days ago

I would suggest using epoxy as it will adhere better than Titebond.

Or, you can take scrap pieces of your project, finish as you did with your small project using
minwax polyurethane and stain and practice using Titebond and see if it holds up. Kinda
like a practice run using scrap.

Join some stained minwaxed scrap wood, glue, let set, and smack it with a hammer and see
what happens.

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#4 posted 803 days ago

I also would recommend epoxy in this case, or really whenever you pre-finish. That way, you won’t have to worry if you get finish stuff in the joint.

Another possibility if you don’t like 2 part glues, is to use a thick cyanoacrylate. (super glue) Not the thin stuff used for general gluing, but the thick stuff made for gluing wood. The tricky part about that, though, is to get used to the extremely quick setting time. If you can, it can be a really good solution. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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dusty2

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#5 posted 802 days ago

Thanks for the responses. I got it done.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#6 posted 802 days ago

Another thing – get the folks at Titebond a call, they are really good at telling you what to use for different applications.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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