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Blackie_

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10-30-2014 09:44 PM

Lets say we are using titebond I II & III, I’d like to hear from others when doing clamped glue ups at what time and point do you feel comfortable and safe to remove the clamps on any given project be it large or small.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 09:48 PM

Different times for different projects. Big stuff is clamped for 24 hours. Small stuff, an hour.

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muleskinner

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#2 posted 10-30-2014 09:52 PM

If I remember correctly, Titebond recommends 30 minutes clamp time. I usually give it about an hour.

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 10:09 PM

I also usually give it an hour and I’ve never had any problems. I use Elmer’s Probond Max.

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 10:20 PM

Somewhere around an hour or two. Or more if I go off and do something else. But my minimum is usually an hour.

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 10:24 PM

My normal clamping time for using Titebond 3 is between 60 minutes and an hour. When I use epoxy for oily woods I normally keep it clamped a couple of hours or two.

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 10-30-2014 10:42 PM

Thanks for the replies, per Greg’s comment, I’m guessing the type of work I do “box miters” would be considered small projects, hour dry time?

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#7 posted 10-30-2014 11:17 PM



My normal clamping time for using Titebond 3 is between 60 minutes and an hour. When I use epoxy for oily woods I normally keep it clamped a couple of hours or two.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 12:09 AM

I give it at least an hour!.

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 12:11 AM

Overnight, around 24 hours works for me.

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 12:22 AM

I am just wierd. I have a small oven in the shop in which I heat small parts to about 150 degrees, then use Titebond II and clamps. After about 30 minutes I remove the clamps and return it to the oven for 10-15 minutes. That speeds up the drying time. It is also good for drying sanding sealer on small items. Don’t let it get hotter than 150 or it will ruin the glue. I need a bigger oven.

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Dallas

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#11 posted 10-31-2014 12:32 AM

When they quit wiggling.

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 12:47 AM

Mostly in an effort to teach myself to be more patient (not my long suit) I have been allowing just about everything to set up overnight. No question that the glue is good and dry by then.

Ron

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 12:48 AM

Small box miters…20 minutes.

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#14 posted 10-31-2014 12:48 AM

I’m sure this is overkill, but I always wait 3 or 4 hours for little stuff, overnight on big ones. Most times the glue up is about at the end of the day for me.

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#15 posted 10-31-2014 01:00 AM

I asked this question on another site and most recommend to wait for an hour with TB-III to remove the clamps but if you are going to “stress” the wood,( sanding/planing)wait 12 to 24 hours.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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