Probably old news for most of you, but the oven trick works for ungluing.
I had a panel that I need to unglue (Lepages), so I popped in the oven for
an hour at 200 F. It came apart no problem and I was able to clean the old
glue out of the joint.
The Lepages glue I remember was used as a "school glue". I had a bottle of
it in grammar school. I remember it because the label actually indicated
that it was " Mint Flavored" . Amber and translucent. Looked like and was
about the same consistency as honey.
Lepage is a glue manufacturer, probably only in Canada. All kinds of
adhesives, white glue, yellow carpenter's glue, water resistant PVA,
construction adhesives, contact cement, rubber cement, etc. I also
remember Lepage paper glue (mucilage ?) in elementary school. It came
in small glass bottles with a rubber spout that you pressed on the
stuff to be glued which would then open the slit & let some glue out.
I will never admit to having eaten any of the stuff.
OP probably means white (Lepage Bondfast) or yellow (Lepage
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There's a bit of darkening on the bottom, but it will probably sand out. I'm
sure if I'd put a pan under the panel to prevent direct heat, this could
have been avoided. It would probably be a good idea to use the top rack as
well. Since the bottom of the panel will be out of sight (not a door), I'm
not too concerned.
That will either soften or liquify several types of glue. Further, white glue
can be handled at an even lower temperature, for less wood damage, maybe 160.
Chris Minick reported this in an article somewhere that I can't find right
now. For joints, I've used a combination of water and (carefully) a heat gun
with good success.
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