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Forum topic by phlyers posted 229 days ago 877 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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phlyers

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229 days ago

Not sure what’s going on here…I have (what I believe to be) some very old rough mahogany that was apprently used as wall studs in a very old building that I jointed and planed down for a glue-up. I have a good tight joint and put some titebond 2 on each edge and spread it on evenly. Put the clamps on and left it alone for about 30 mins so I could scrape the squeeze out but the glue was still pretty wet. I let it go overnight and when I took it out of the clamps and scraped it I tried to split the joint. It came right apart using only minimal pressure. What did I do wrong? Trying to think of every possible reason here. My shop isn’t too humid but it DOES has some dampness, the wood has a pretty strong vinegar smell. Was the joint not prepared right? Clamps were good and tight. I know I had enough glue and even slid them back and forth before clamping. Thoughts?


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#1 posted 229 days ago

Anytime glue smelled like vinegar, it was old or had frozen over the winter.

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phlyers

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#2 posted 229 days ago

The material itself smells like vinegar not the glue. I just bought the glue yesterday.

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 229 days ago

There is really only a few things: Either the glue did not penetrate the fibers of the wood due to some kind of preventative, (the vinegar smell?), or the glue was bad out of the bottle and did not set correctly.
Finally, some old wood is so porous that it will be able to completely absorb the glue and not allow a functional welded joint to form. Essentially, it all gets sucked into the fibers of the wood.

One of these three almost has to be it. If the glue is present on the joint, it either did not penetrate or would not. If the glue looks to be about gone, the wood absorbed it all and no weld could form. It is all in the wood fibers below the surface.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#4 posted 229 days ago

I always associate the vinegar smell with fresh cut oak. A pic of the wood would be nice, and may be helpful.

1+ on Tennessee’s response.

Other thoughts, if you have a couple of scraps, try cleaning first with acetone, glue for 30 mins (clamped) and try separating the joint.

-- Nicky

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phlyers

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#5 posted 229 days ago

Yeah it’s Oak not Mahogany. Anyway I forgot to mention that when I was able to separate the glue joint the glue was still wet. It sat all night and just looked and its all dried up now. Kind of a mystery here. I will try it on some scrap and see what it does.

As far as pictures I can’t get a good shot on it but will try again later

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Dallas

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#6 posted 229 days ago

Easy fix….. rough up the edges. Jointing the edges of that old oak made it too slick and the glue will not get into the pores or dry.
You want your glue edges square, but you ant to give the glue something to work with, after all, you ain’t trying to melt pieces of plastic together with model glue.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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phlyers

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#7 posted 229 days ago

I tried roughing up the edges on some scrap. Glued up, waited 30 mins (I know it’s not fully set) and it came right apart with very little effort. I looked at the edge and it sucked up all the glue. How do I overcome this?

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#8 posted 229 days ago

Wipe on a layer of glue, let it dry. Then try the glue up with a new layer of glue.

BJ

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#9 posted 228 days ago

Have you tried a polyurethane glue, such as Gorilla Glue?

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phlyers

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#10 posted 228 days ago

I took BJ’s advice. That seemed to do the trick. Is it because oak has porous grain?

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#11 posted 228 days ago

If it’s red oak it has very big open pores, it’s not the nicest smelling wood either.

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#12 posted 228 days ago

BJ’s trick is called “sizing” it works well on end grain too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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