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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 03-18-2014 10:39 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2014 10:39 PM

So I made my first project using glue which was a tea light candle holder. Some glue ran out and I scraped it off with a chisel not thinking about it. When I finished it I noticed spots underneath that wouldn’t take it and realized that’s where the glue touched. Will sanding take care of the glue residue so oil will take to it or should I tape around the areas next time to prevent the touching? Sorry for the newb question but figured I’d ask instead of wasting wood trying to figure it out.

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 11:22 PM

Guess it depends on he wood, but I usually wipe it all down with acetone to remove both oil and glue and then sand.. Gotta get to glue out of the wood grain. And next time a tape is good.. Or wait until the glue dries if it’s not that much.. But wiping wet glue or scraping it off only pushes it more into the wood. I am sure there are more methods to try. :) oh acetone sometimes stains some woods.. Especially oily exotics.

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 11:49 PM

I wanted to make an edge grain cutting board and I don’t see how people make them without them getting messe up because of the glue.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 01:38 AM

There are many ways to deal with squeeze out. On complicated glue ups you can dry assemble the piece and apply masking tape. In some cases i have even used paste wax instead of the tape. both methods work great if the mating joints are not flush and cannot be sanded. if they are flush simply scraping and sanding work best for me. If your looking to glue up a cutting board, clean up is a snap. Spread the glue with your finger so its smooth and consistent and clamp the pieces together. You want a small even amount of squeeze out along the entire joint. (Depending on the # of pieces ,you should glue up in stages. if you have 12 pcs then glue up 3 sets of 4..) Let the glue squeeze out and let it set (when i say “set” i do not mean dry!. You want the glue to be the consistency of rubber). Do not try to clean it up while it is still wet, this will only push glue into the end grain. Once the glue is set, scrape off the glue with a paint scraper, follow it up with a card scraper. The card scraper is probably one of the most inexpensive and overlooked tools in woodworking. Finish it off with consecutive grits of sand paper.

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