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Forum topic by Peteyb posted 05-15-2013 02:54 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Peteyb

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05-15-2013 02:54 PM

I am needing to take the box on the far right out that is painted gray after the tall skinny one. I need to resize it as there is not enough clearance for the router that and the lift I am putting in. I used Titebond II glue so can I get a heat gun and heat it up to get it lose. I have never done this and unsure how I am supposed to do it.


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muleskinner

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 04:36 PM

I had a small box with splined miters I was working on the other day. On the last of eight cuts for the splines my jig shifted and I gouged the cut. I found that throwing it ~12 feet at a concrete wall was pretty effective in dissembling it.

Other than that, I got nothin’.

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 04:59 PM

How long has the joint been curing? If you’re going to make it smaller Id say to cut it but it looks as though that is a single monolithic piece that would be very hard to get onto the saw.

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 06:33 PM

Many of the woodworking glues are somewhat flexible but do not like quick short blows with a rubber mallet and that is how I take glued pieces apart. If there are dowels, splines, or biscuits involved it just takes a few more quick strikes.

Another approach is using “spreader” option on some clamps. This does take a little more work!

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Peteyb

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 07:47 PM

There are really 4 different boxes. They are no dowels, splines or biscuits holding them together. It just has woodworking glue on the bottom and on the side that it is near. I was hoping to keep the box so that I could shorten it and put it back together.

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#5 posted 05-16-2013 12:08 AM

I think a quick blow or two, from the inside of the cabinet, with a rubber mallet as close to a joint as possible will do the trick.

I took apart a Euro style upper kitchen cabinet and it was dowelled too using that technique.

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#6 posted 05-16-2013 12:49 AM

If it’s just butt joints and glue, a rubber/dead blow mallet will work fine to separate them. BTDT.

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 01:13 AM

“I used Titebond II glue so can I get a heat gun and heat it up to get it lose”

- Yes. Titebond will soften considerably when heated regardless how old it is. Skip the mallet, you’ll break it. Just heat, wiggle and pull.

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