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Forum topic by CheyenneB posted 03-01-2009 06:00 PM 1639 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2009 06:00 PM

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I make archery bows and am having difficulty getting consistent results with Urac 185 epoxy (a resin with powder hardener) to put laminations, handles, etc together. I would prefer not to use a hot box, and was wondering if a liquid glue such as titebond II would be flexible enough when dry to be suitable for this application. Thanks for any input.

-- Cheyenne

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#1 posted 03-02-2009 02:50 AM

The best bet I can think of is to contact the manufactures of a couple of the major adhesive companies. They usually have a glue made for specific applications vs. a do it all glue.
Hope this helps. I’ve had good luck with about anything by 3M.

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 03:45 AM

I agree with BTKS on 3m always finding what I need in adhesives

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 07:02 PM

Titebond III is the usual choice for bows made of natural woods.

If using fiberglass and you don’t want to use a hot box, Smooth-on EA-40 epoxy.

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 02:01 PM

I made a couple of longbows and a crossbow of oak and I used titebond 2 with good results.

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 10:13 AM

Another option for eppxy not needing a heat boxi is Unibond 800

>UNIBOND 800 is a modified urea formaldehyde liquid adhesive formulated to give craze resistant glue a line up
>to 0.02” thick. It may be used for gluing wooden structures where a thin glue line cannot be obtained because
>of inadequate pressure or irregularly contacting surfaces. UNIBOND 800 is an ideal “gap filling” adhesive. Its
>works great for fly fishing rods, archery bows, musical instruments, furniture, millwork, joint assemblies and
>sporting goods. Product comes in two parts, which require mixing: Resin and hardener.

Another to look at:

- DAP Weldwood plastic resin glue – G-2 made by System 3

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