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Scootles

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53 days ago

I’m going to be applying glue to some VERY small boxes. Glue squeeze out INSIDE the box will be impossible to clean up so I need to minimize it. How would you guys apply the glue cleanly and effectively?


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TiggerWood

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#1 posted 53 days ago

I do a lot of small project glue ups. I use a cheap paint brush, paint the glue on thin, and leave the last 1/16” edge dry with the idea that what little squeeze out there would be will fill it in.

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 53 days ago

If you get squeeze out, you’re using too much glue.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 53 days ago

You can prefinish as well, that way squeeze out can be wiped away easier.

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Scootles

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#4 posted 53 days ago



If you get squeeze out, you re using too much glue.

- Clint Searl


If you DONT have squeezeout you probably didn’t use enough. Squeezeout lets you know that the glue coverage is flawless inside.

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CharlesNeil

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#5 posted 53 days ago

Elmers glue all , dries clear, do it all the time, works great

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 53 days ago

If you DONT have squeezeout you probably didn t use enough. Squeezeout lets you know that the glue coverage is flawless inside.

- Scootles

This is what I was taught as well; if it’s dripping or running, then you’ve used too much. You want a thin bead to form. Then you know you got good coverage.

As for the OP’s issue, you can use tape on the inside of the joints to help reduce cleanup, and when applying glue, apply it towards the outside of the joint to minimize squeeze out on the inside.

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

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LYBeaulieu

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#7 posted 52 days ago

Just use painter’s tape to protect the area you want to spare. Works great on the inside to dovetailed drawers. I use that stuff in my shop all the time for a multitude of reasons like protecting my clamp bars.

Good luck!

LB

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 52 days ago

Prefinish the insides of your boxes with shellac taking care not to get any shellac on the areas to be glued. I just wipe on a couple of coats and it dries almost instantly.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 52 days ago

If you are going to finish the inside of the box use Titebond liquid hide glue. When you apply a finish over the small amount of squeeze-out it will virtually disappear. I make a lot of boxes and apply Elmer’s white glue in a thin line and spread it away from the inside of the box with my finger. No squeeze-out.(on the inside) I do not finish the inside of these cedar boxes.

-- In God We Trust

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RogerInColorado

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#10 posted 51 days ago

I apply it with a plastic syringe I got at Woodcraft. Between applications I just drop it head first into a butter tub of water. With no back pressure, the glue just stays in the syringe, it doesn’t run out. The water keeps the glue from drying and clogging the tip. I’ve left one in the tub for weeks on end. It does not, by itself, solve the excess squeeze out problem. I’m an avid fan of spreading the glue, but most projects where the parts are small, I’ve found that controlling the amount of glue is easier with a syringe, and if the parts are small enough, I don’t need to be anal about spreading it across the width of the joint.

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ChefHDAN

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#11 posted 51 days ago

I cut a bevel on the end of a plastic drinking straw and use the straw to collect the squeeze-out from the inside corner and then a good wipe with a piece of wet non-woven fiber shop towel.

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