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Forum topic by NedG posted 06-09-2012 08:42 PM 1338 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2012 08:42 PM

Can anyone advise of a release agent for use when gluing-up a project. What I mean is a way (or product) to protect adjacent surfaces at glue joint, thereby avoiding the need to wipe the glue when it’s wet or sand it later. Thanks! —- Ned


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#1 posted 06-09-2012 08:50 PM

Blue painters tape

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 09:32 PM

Stain or paint the project before glue up.

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 09:43 PM

Shellac. I usually pre-finish furniture parts before assembly. With
shellac it’s a quick way to do it and it makes difficulty sanding
into corners a non-issue generally.

With experience you develop cleaner gluing habits as you
grow better able to judge the appropriate amount for
each joint and where to brush it.

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 09:59 PM

You can use a glue roller or a cheap paint brush to spread your glue before you clamp it up (I use old toothbrushes). This cuts down on the squeeze out, but won’t totally eliminate it. You might also back off on the clamping pressure. You only need enough pressure to close the joint and a bit of squeeze out is the signal that it’s closed.

I keep a wet paper towel or rag handy, and wipe the joint down as soon as it’s clamped.

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 10:02 PM

Waxilit works as well. It is available from Lee Valley but I’ve always gotten it from other sources. I believe Johnson’s Workbench is the last source I used. The paste version is the stuff that’s needed, not the liquid.

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 10:57 PM

I usually just lay the glued up pieces down on plastic grocery sacks or Saran wrap.

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 12:32 PM

I have found the neatest way to clean up squeeze out is to grab a handful of planings and fine dust from what you’re working with and wipe the glue off with that. All traces of glue gone without wetting the joint.

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