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Forum topic by Mark posted 09-25-2013 11:55 PM 2745 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2013 11:55 PM

I see a lot of comments about CA glue. When I do a Google I get all kinds of different hits. What do you guys use for CA glue when gluing back plates to your bowls? And what do you use for an accelerator? Thanks. Mark

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 12:06 AM

I’ve seen some use hot glue and some use thick double face tape. I don’t know if anyone uses CA for that.

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 12:46 AM

I use StarBond … ... they have a complete line of CA products.

Some folks (e.g. Eddie Castelin) use CA to fasten blanks to waste blocks, but I save the CA for other stuff … Click for details

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 11:53 AM

Many people use accelerator when use CA for gluing bowls to wasted blocks, gluing brass tube in pen blanks, using Ca as a finish. Many people do not use accelerator at all.

Many woodturners found Wooden Wonders had best prices for CA. He sold his business to Ed, aka YoYo Spin.

For best success with CA have the right type for the task. CA comes in Med, Thick, Thin, and now Gel form.

I have never used accelerator so have no experience with it. Became sensitized to CA glue so limit my use of the stuff. I found out the hard way MED CA does not have much shear strenght.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 02:45 PM

I have been wanting to post someting similar.

Gerry, thanks for the link. Does anyone has experience, specifically with this product from Gerry’s link? EM-150 SEMI-FLEXIBLE Seems like a good route to go.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 03:44 PM

I have used the EM-150 to strengthen punky, porous wood … works fine. It is a medium CA.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 09-27-2013 06:24 AM

I’ve used a lot of CA glues over the years but after using Loctite Pro, I’m sold on it.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 09-27-2013 02:05 PM

Competing brands will tell you their cyanoacrylate glue is the best. One thing all CA glues have in common is short shelf life once opened.

I stored my CA glue in the refrigerator, thinking that would prolong shelf life. Others say should store your CA in the freezer compartment. Also left my bottle of CA on a shelf in the shop between uses. All I know is old CA to bond surfaces might be iffy. Old CA glue might not hold as well as new, but does help working with spalted wood and torn end grain, filling cracks with saw dust or coffee grounds, and use as a finish.

Depending upon what you are trying to do buy proper viscosity for the task. Remember wood is porous and all CA viscosities will penetrate wood pores to a certain extent some more than others. I found medium strength Ca did not have the gap filling capabilities claimed.

Because cost & shelf life is a slight draw back not saying buy and keep an assortment of different viscosities on hand. On the other hand if running a commercial shop and use the stuff like water and money is no problem keep a ready supply of the stuff.

Started using medium Stick Fast when got into pen turning because that is what my woodturning vendor sold. Back then could not find CA glue here locally so had to order the stuff. Only sold Crazy & Super CA glue brands around here. Now both Home Depot and Wal-Mart carry national brands of CA. Home Depot carries Instantbond & Activator kit.

While CA glue is fast, less expensive glues deserve your attention too especially if need it now! Depending upon what I want to do will look at yellow & hot glue, found both epoxy & polyurehane glues work as well too!

-- Bill

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 02:56 AM

I know they sell the CA glue and accelerator at Woodcraft and in all the woodworking catalogs.
Some even use it for a finish on pens.
. I know there is thick CA glue and now even Black CA glue.

Personally, I never use it for anything in the shop. I use Titebond 1,2 and 3 and 5 minute epoxy. I have found that you can use Testers model paint to color epoxy and it dries in about the same time with the model paint in it. It is what I use to fill voids in turned pieces along with sifted fine sawdust from the part..


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#9 posted 09-30-2013 04:59 AM

Menards has some inexpensive CA that I use. I mainly use TB 2&3. I use a fair amount of epoxy. All depends on the project I am working on.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 01:44 PM

Our local turner’s club buys StarBond and sells to members at a nice discount. I have some old TiteBond CA that I bought 3+ years ago … that is what I use to ‘stabilize’ wood and fill cracks. The CA lives in a plastic tray in the door of my beer/pop fridge.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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