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02-02-2013 04:26 PM

I have a rather large piece of furniture I’ve been building. I need to glue it and there are a lot of joints, what slow setting glue do you like and what is considered slow setting?

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 04:53 PM

Titebond extend wood glue has worked for me.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 04:59 PM

Titebond “Extend” has 15 minute open time, 20-25 minutes assembly time. But I like Titebond Liquid Hide Glue (water clean up), which only has 10 minute open time, but still has 20-25 minute assembly tiime.

I break down assembly to stages that won’t take more than 5 minutes with glue open to the air and no more than 15 minutes ‘til I have it clamped. And I actually rehearse that in a final dry fit, WITH clamping. That way, I get all the clamps and mallet and square and tape laid out for quick use after I apply the goop. If I have doubts about making it in time, I wait until I have a helper on hand.

Staged assembly really takes the time pressure off. And I can spend a few more moments getting things tight and square.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 05:02 PM

I ran into that last year, and wound up using liquid hide glue. It has a one hour working time, and can be reversed if you do screw up. First time I ever used it….it does have a long clamp time which was a little unhandy, but I guess you can’t have everything.

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 05:14 PM

I use Titebond 3 when I need extended assembly time.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 05:21 PM

Elmer’s white glue has pretty good open time
for furniture assembly. That’s what I used
for many years for interior work… or whatever
brand of white glue was available at the various
suppliers I bought from.

I’m using Titebond 2 “extend” now and it has
a long open time too. I use it because it
works well with hot presses though. In
cold clamping it doesn’t grab as fast as the
Elmer’s white glue, which can be annoying
if you are doing a lot of gluing and want to
take the clamps off sooner.

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 01:51 AM

TB Comparison Chart

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 06:21 AM

Thanks for all the reply’s. I think I’ll probably use the tight bond 2 and get a helper like was suggested.

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 07:03 AM

I like Titebond II for most common projects, however I use Titebond II Extend for detailed glueups like chairs.

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#9 posted 02-03-2013 07:21 AM

Urea formaldehyde glue. Either the powder you mix with water, or the 2-part. Open time of 30-60 minutes, depending on specific formulation. The drawback is that it takes overnight to cure, and it must be kept warm (at least about 70 degrees, depends on formulation) for that duration. It cleans up with water, but don’t breathe the power.

Another option is epoxy. You can find epoxies with long open times (West Systems, for example, makes a few), but generally not available at your local big box store. Epoxy odors can be an irritant (while curing), and cleanup is with acetone.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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