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132 days ago

When you guys wipe glue off after you glue something how to get it out of corners or on the inside edge. I don’t know what to use to get it out. What should I use.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

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#1 posted 132 days ago

I use a small awl or screw driver wrapped in a damp rag to wipe the corners. Either that or leave to dry then use a chisel.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 132 days ago

I usually use a sharp piece of plastic, if for no other reason to drag out what I can’t get to with a rag and then wipe it up more completely. Many times glue left on the workpiece can interfere with how a finish applies.

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#3 posted 132 days ago

Drinking straws, they’ll mold themselves to the inside angles and then scoop up the squeeze out into the straw, I follow with a wet towel after that

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#4 posted 132 days ago

Dental tools… set that I got at harbor freight.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 132 days ago

Another for the drinking straw trick. Depending on the finish, I typically try to apply the finish to just inside where the mating pieces cover each other during the dry fit phase… That way no potential for visible missed spots with the finish… The drinking straw thing picks up most of it, then a damp cloth on a straight blade screwdriver gets the rest.

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#6 posted 132 days ago

I use one of the thin cheap steel rules from harbor freight.
Lasts much longer than a straw and IMHO works just as good. Small and thin enough to get wherever needed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 132 days ago

I usually use an exacto knife blade followed by a wet rag, but I may have to try some of these other ideas.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#8 posted 132 days ago

I normally apply a thin coat of paste wax to areas where squeeze out is likely to occur, then pop the glue of after it’s dried for about 30 minutes to an hour with a chisel. Then I use some mineral spirits to remove the paste wax so it doesn’t interfere with my finish.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#9 posted 132 days ago

+1 drinkin straw. cut at an angle and works like a dream. We use the thick red ones that come from sonic.. Recycling!!

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#10 posted 132 days ago

Chisel works good.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#11 posted 131 days ago

+1 for the drinking straws. Then a utility knife and a damp rag after that.

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#12 posted 129 days ago

If I have inside corners that are hard to get to a lot of times I’ll use painters tape
as a precautionary measure to insure that the glue doesn’t get on the places that
I don’t want. You can take it off when the glue is still wet or later when it’s cured.
When I’m edge gluing boards I wait till the glue has partly cured then I just use a
chisel to sort of peel the glue of. No water involved so no smearing the glue into the wood.

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#13 posted 129 days ago

If you cut a 45ยบ angle on the end of that plastic drinking straw it works even better, or at least it seems so to me.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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