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04-08-2009 04:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: glue help question tip trick finishing walnut

Hi everybody,
I am building a floor standing mirror for my wife out of Walnut. I have just finished the glue up but have a problem – I didn’t get all of the glue removed from the back and some has smeared across the wood. It is now dried in. What is the best way to remove this? Is there some type of solvent or will a good sanding remove everything so that it will accept the finish nicely? I really value your input as I want this to turn out nicely…especially considering it will be looked at every single day! Thanks.

-- "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right."

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#1 posted 04-08-2009 04:32 AM

Snoop, I remove dried glue by a combination of sanding and using a card scraper. It is best if you wait about 30 minutes after gluing up the piece and remove the excess while it is still rubbery with a putty knife. But leaving glue on the piece is a situation that we all face at one time or another.

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#2 posted 04-08-2009 04:58 AM

Card scraper, and sandpaper are a winning combination for me also!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 04-08-2009 04:59 AM

Scrape or sand….take your pick. The bottom line is that once the glue gets into the pores and dries, you’re going to have to remove wood down to the level that the glue has soaked in.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 05:05 AM

Is there something I can do to ensure that I have removed wood down to the level that the glue has soaked in? Wipe mineral spirits on after sanding down to try to identify additional glue spots?

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 05:11 AM

That about sums it up Charlie!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 08:14 PM

Thanks everybody for your input. I am sure you can see by my questions that I am new at this but obviously want to get better and this forum is a great place to help me do that. Thanks again!

-- "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right."

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 08:30 PM

A sharp chisel used superficially would work. normally those glue trickles don’t penetrate in the wood and pop up with easy.

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 08:51 PM

depends on the glue snoop. If you used white glue (like elmer’s white) then you can sand till doomsday, it will mostly sand the surrounding wood. Scraping is the way to get it off. If you used yellow glue (like yellow titebond) then scraping is the best way but sanding will work on this glue also.
I always use a good scraper to get glue off. It takes it off fast and cleanly.

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#9 posted 04-08-2009 09:15 PM

Another vote for the scraper…... boy, Charlie is on a roll…....... good job man.

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#10 posted 04-08-2009 10:49 PM

You want to use denatured alcohol to check after sanding/scraping. It will show you what the wood will look like with a clear finish and it evaporates quickly.

-- Childress Woodworks

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