I'm making multiple small items and would need hundreds of clamps
(literally) to hold everything in place while the glue sets. I tried
Titebond II (I need some water repelency) but the set time was too
long, the glue expanded and the bond was too thick/uneven. I then
tried Krazy Glue (Gel Craft Type) and it worked perfectly. The only
problem is Krazy Glue is very expensive ($3/ 2gm = .14oz) and I have
no data to indicate what the bond will do over time. I've read second
hand accounts that the Krazy Glue becomes brittle. The parts being
glued are non-moving and I don't want them to be flexible but I'm
uncertain whether some level of flexibility is desirable to account
for wood expansion. That said, does anyone know of any readily
available, cheap alternatives to Krazy Glue? I know Krazy Glue is CA
but I'm leary of trying a total generic from the dollar store. I need
a quick (nearly immediate) set and flow control (can't use sprays).
Thanks in advance.
Thu, Nov 29, 2007, 9:49pm (EST-3) email@example.com (Chrisgiraffe)
<snip> That said, does anyone know of any readily available, cheapalternatives to Krazy Glue? <snip>
A couple of brads until the glue sets.
Even Popeye didn't eat his spinach until he had to.
You probably should avoid the total generic from the dollar store. I
don't get good results from the cheap generic super glues, but the higher
cost and quality ones are worth their cost.
This might be a good question to ask at one of your local hobby shops.
Take a look at the yellow pages or hobbyretailer.com (not a plug, just a
occasional visitor) for one.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
Go to a hobby shop that sells radio control airplanes, you can buy CA
(the generic term for Krazy Glue)glue in containers as large as 8 oz.
You can also choose between thin, medium, thick, and gel consistencies,
as well as special blends for different materials.
CA glues should outlast us. I have 15+ year old model airplanes that
have been baked in the sun, frozen, vibrated by engines, stressed by
ugly landings and high-G maneuvering, and soaked with oil and methanol,
that show no signs of glue failure.
Above is good advice and about all the OP needs.
Additionally, and in many instances, I've found that CA glues will also work
for "after the fact" gluing of small woodworking parts that have already
been finished where traditional woodworking glues would not bond.
I forgot to mention...
1.) CA can cure in the bottle over time, and when exposed to moisture.
Don't buy TOO much! When I was using a lot of it, I never kept for than
a 3 month supply handy, and kept it tightly capped.
2.) CA can be set up instantly by breathing moist breath or dusting
baking soda on the wet glue.
3.) Your body can get progressively more sensitive to CA fumes. Use
Do you keep it next to the mayonaise?
I can see a potential problem here.
Honey, can I keep a bottle of this highly toxic glue next to your prized
Hmmmm..., maybe if I find the right way to present it.
CA is not "highly toxic". A relative is used in surgery and people
have been using it for a quick and dirty band-aid for ages (it works
fine, despite dire predictions of disaster from those who have never
tried it). The main danger with CA is that it bonds moist tissue very
rapidly, so you can glue your fingers together (which is annoying but
not disastrous) or glue your eyelids to your eyes (which requires
surgical intervention and may result in permanent eye damage).
But if it's really that much of an issue get a beer fridge for the
Urban legend. Eastman 910 was on the market in the '50s--the inventor
appeared on the "I've Got a Secret" TV show in 1959--his secret was
Eastman 910. The surgical variant came along later, but reportedly
was tested in Vietnam--FDA approval didn't come until _much_ later.
Now you can buy cyanocrylate based wound closures at most
pharamacies--Band-Aid sells one.
The medical variant has slightly different chemistry, mainly aimed at
reducing heat buidup during cure (which also means that it doesn't
cure in 30 seconds) and at reducing irritation.
Kind of late to the thread, but Cyanoacrylate was invented during WWII by
some the gentleman referenced above at Kodak (hence the Eastman name). He
was working on adhesives to hold lenses together and found this
formulation. During his experimentation, he tried it and was unable to
de-bond the lenses he adhered together. At the time, in his mind this was
a dismal failure and he and others were very unhappy with the fact that not
only did the adhesive not work as they wanted, but they had also ruined
some very expensive and important optics. Another one of those "out of the
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
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