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Forum topic by nate22 posted 03-11-2014 07:16 PM 1764 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2014 07:16 PM

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.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 07:18 PM

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.

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 07:19 PM

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 03-11-2014 07:55 PM

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 03-11-2014 08:05 PM

Dental tools… set that I got at harbor freight.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 08:29 PM

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 03-11-2014 08:35 PM

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.

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 09:11 PM

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

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 10:05 PM

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.

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 10:11 PM

+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 03-11-2014 10:22 PM

Chisel works good.

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#11 posted 03-13-2014 03:00 AM

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

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 04:44 PM

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 03-14-2014 05:27 PM

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.

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