LumberJocks

Work surface that's resistant to wood glue.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by Fridgecritter posted 02-02-2013 04:08 AM 3822 views 0 times favorited 47 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


02-02-2013 04:08 AM

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?

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln


47 replies so far

View Grandpa's profile

Grandpa

3213 posts in 1430 days


#1 posted 02-02-2013 04:22 AM

wax paper

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#2 posted 02-02-2013 04:24 AM

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?

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View Grandpa's profile

Grandpa

3213 posts in 1430 days


#3 posted 02-02-2013 04:30 AM

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.

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#4 posted 02-02-2013 04:32 AM

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?

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View Loren's profile

Loren

7832 posts in 2403 days


#5 posted 02-02-2013 04:35 AM

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

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#6 posted 02-02-2013 04:36 AM

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?

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View mrg's profile

mrg

536 posts in 1754 days


#7 posted 02-02-2013 04:40 AM

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

-- mrg

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#8 posted 02-02-2013 04:42 AM

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.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View mds2's profile

mds2

261 posts in 699 days


#9 posted 02-02-2013 04:46 AM

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.

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#10 posted 02-02-2013 04:48 AM

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.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View MT_Stringer's profile

MT_Stringer

2124 posts in 1986 days


#11 posted 02-02-2013 04:50 AM

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

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#12 posted 02-02-2013 04:55 AM

I will probably go with this product here:

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

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View Fridgecritter's profile

Fridgecritter

170 posts in 871 days


#13 posted 02-02-2013 05:03 AM

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.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

View Rick M.'s profile

Rick M.

4519 posts in 1135 days


#14 posted 02-02-2013 07:28 AM

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.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

839 posts in 1064 days


#15 posted 02-02-2013 07:44 AM

+1 for Rick M.

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

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

showing 1 through 15 of 47 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase