What does everyone use to keep glue off of their workbench when doing glue jobs

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10-22-2014 10:36 PM

I am looking for answers as to what is the best type of protection for my workbench when doing glue jobs. I have tried sheets of tempered hardboard and tried putting down wax paper. Does anyone have any “secrets” on how to protect my workbench top from the mess of glue when doing joints. Thank You !!!

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 10:44 PM

Personally I do not bother. I just clean it up while it is pretty soft or wait until it has setup a bit and scrape it off, or for those bits I overlooked, scrape them off with a chisel.

Of course by taking this route, I need to ensure that the workbench top is completely glue free before I start putting workpieces on it. That isn’t a big deal and something I am fairly consistent with.


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#2 posted 10-22-2014 10:52 PM

Sometimes I use wax paper. A lot of the time I take Greg in Maryland’s approach. Now if I had a workbench that could be mistaken for a fine piece of furniture, like some guys have, I just wouldn’t use it for gluing.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 10:54 PM

I’m the same. Bench is coated with poly. I either wipe it up or let it dry and scrape it of easily.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 10:59 PM

Paste wax… Makes surface slick though.
I use sign vinyl in a spot where I get glue drips but it wouldn’t be durable for a work surface.

Once it’s dry the glue pops right off.

But yeah another “what Greg said” here. My strategy is to get the glue on the piece and on nothing else. If it does get on anything else I’ll let it dry and scrap it off later.

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 11:18 PM

I tend to keep large pieces of cardboard on hand and lay them over the bench before I glue up. The can
be reused and then discarded when no longer useful.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 10-22-2014 11:23 PM

I don’t bother. If I get it it time, it’s a scraper. If not, the ROS with an 80G disk takes about 30 seconds.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#7 posted 10-22-2014 11:24 PM

either wax paper if it’s small, or just plastic poly sheets. I do the same for applying finish to projects as well

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 10-22-2014 11:33 PM

I used to let the glue dry then scrape it off but the last few glue ups I tried what I had seen a few “pros” do which is to get a wet rag and wipe the glue clean right off,and I kinda like it this way now b/c there’s not glue residue to deal with and I don’t have to worry if any of the wood stain not covering the smudged areas.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 10-22-2014 11:38 PM

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 11:40 PM

For most glue-ups I just wipe it up with a wet rag or use a paint scraper afterward. For messy glue-ups like cutting boards, sometimes I throw a sheet of rosin paper on the bench. I have a roll of it mounted on the end of my bench which is mostly used for finishing, but occasionally use for glue.

-- PaulMayer,

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#11 posted 10-22-2014 11:43 PM

I cover it with the kraft paper that is sold in paint departments. Sold in rolls of various widths.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#12 posted 10-22-2014 11:46 PM

wax paper

or for a big messy job, I roll kraft paper (or in a pinch gift wrapping paper) over the bench

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 10-22-2014 11:49 PM

I usually just wipe it up or scrape it off. Recently I have been using a silicone glue up mat as I think it cleans up easier and ends up saving me time but that is only useful for small things.

I picked up a Mainstays Vinyl floor protector at Wally World in a clearance isle for under 5 bucks. It is 2 feet wide and 6 feet long smooth on one side and slight texture on the other. I want to see about affixing affixing it to a spindle/crank set up and slide it into a housing on the end or underside to essentially create a blind set up and pull it out to cover the bench then wind up when finished.

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#14 posted 10-23-2014 12:34 AM

I use cut open plastic bags from various stores (I like Stewarts bags), with the printed side down.

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#15 posted 10-23-2014 01:27 AM

A melamine assembly table top. Glue slides right off.

-- Brad, Texas,

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