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Fridgecritter

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526 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I have Googled a little bit about this, but I figure since this forum is specifically for woodworking, why not pose the question here? I am building a cutting board gluing jig, and I was wondering if anyone had some advice on the work surface for the best medium to use that will be the most resistant to wood glue sticking.

I am thinking plywood with melamine after my brief bit of research, but maybe someone has a better idea? I know you could just suspend the work with clamps, but I really would like a make a jig that also keeps the bottom slats of endgrain wood level while drying, and be able to pick up the work off the work surface without it sticking.

Any ideas?

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Grandpa

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#1 posted 526 days ago

wax paper

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#2 posted 526 days ago

Yeah I could put wax paper down each time, or even use the sticky side of painter’s tape. I was more looking for a permanent solution that glue will not stick to. I guess my predicament is not unlike one that my old high school science teacher posed to us… He says, how do you find an acid that will eat through everything? What are you going to hold it in?

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#3 posted 526 days ago

Melamine is not glue resistant but glue can be scraped off it many time before you need to replace it. Wax paper is good because you don’t have to scrape it. roll it up and trash it.

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#4 posted 526 days ago

Well I got my answer for the melamine… thanks. I guess it’s gonna be wax paper or blue painter’s tape unless there exists some kind of surface I can use… maybe a silicon paint over the work surface?

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#5 posted 526 days ago

Just apply paste wax to melamine and I think you’ll
find yellow and white glues pop right off with a chisel.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Fridgecritter

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#6 posted 526 days ago

Another good suggestion. That is still an extra step though. My question is more of a no-step non-stick surface (if one exists) that maybe someone else is using already?

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mrg

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#7 posted 526 days ago

Try one of those silicone cooking sheets. Nothing stocks to them and the new silicone paint brushes are all the rage.

-- mrg

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#8 posted 526 days ago

That is an awesome idea! I will cut one or two to fit the bottom work surface of the jig and screw it down, ensuring the screws are recessed enough so they don’t hit the wood. Amazing idea.

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#9 posted 526 days ago

The top of my workbench is hardboard. Glue really doesn’t stick to it, or if it does it pops right up with a chisel. I’ve never had clamp down pressure between a work piece and the top directly, I’m just talking about drips and squeeze out, etc. I use wax paper too.

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Fridgecritter

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#10 posted 526 days ago

Jonathan I like that material too. I will see if they sell it on Amazon. 10 bucks a square foot is not bad at all.

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 526 days ago

The top of my workbench is white Formica installed over a solid core door. I use a razor blade scraper to easily remove glue from glue up projects.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Fridgecritter

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#12 posted 526 days ago

I will probably go with this product here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FPD638

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#13 posted 526 days ago

After reading the reviews, I think I will stick with a couple pieces of flexible silicon rubber like mentioned above. Thanks all for the ideas.

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#14 posted 526 days ago

Yes melamine is glue proof and the glue will pop right off with a putty knife: yellow glue, white glue, contact cement, and spray glue (the last two wash off with solvent). Melamine is resistant to most any chemical you will use in a wood shop and by resistant I mean you can wash the stuff down with acetone/MEK/toulene/xylene/water/whatever 1000x and it won’t affect it. Melamine is also heat resistant to 400-something degrees and doesn’t melt until 600-something. I say all this from personal experience and decades working around melamine in the printing trade.

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AlaskaGuy

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#15 posted 526 days ago

+1 for Rick M.

I’ve been use melamine for 20 years. Works as Rick says.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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