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11-17-2014 07:58 PM

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Building a small box and I’ve made the classic blunder…not triple checking the poles on the magnets I used as a closure. The epoxy package says to clean up excess glue with mineral spirits, rubbing alcohol, etc. If I let a little of one of those seep down around the magnet, will that dissolve enough epoxy to allow me to get the magnet out and fix this?

Any other ideas would be welcome.


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#1 posted 11-17-2014 09:03 PM

Once the epoxy cures, the alcohol will not do anything to it.

Alcohol and/or mineral spirits, only will clean away the gooey uncured epoxy or squeeze-out.

It will not dissolve hardened epoxy.

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 09:28 PM

Gonna hafta drill it out I imagine.

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 09:43 PM

Not much dissolves epoxy without damaging your wood can you just cut out part of your wood and ad a tab like in the photo below with different color wood with a magnet put in with the correct polarity in the tab.

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 11:17 PM

Or add a 2nd magnet (in the correct orientation, of course) next to the first. Tell folks you used 2 to make sure it stayed shut.

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 11:53 PM

Don’t ask me how I know how hard neodymium magnets are!

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#6 posted 11-18-2014 12:23 AM

Trying heating the magnet with a heating iron. It will melt the glue, so you can get the magnet out(with luck).

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#7 posted 11-18-2014 04:45 PM

I’ll try the heating iron first. Can’t see that it would hurt even if it doesn’t work. If that fails, I believe I can make a tab like Jim suggested…once I find a suitable block.

Thanks, folks.

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#8 posted 11-18-2014 07:42 PM

Lane, best to use a heat gun that reaches a temp of over 400 degrees.

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