silly question I'm sure. What do you guys use to apply wood glue. That
is, is there a better choice for brushes or rollers? I've got a bunch
of old paint brushes, will they do? Also, i would assume that I just
use water as the solvent, right? Thanks! Peter
| silly question I'm sure. What do you guys use to apply wood glue.
| That is, is there a better choice for brushes or rollers? I've got
| a bunch of old paint brushes, will they do? Also, i would assume
| that I just use water as the solvent, right? Thanks! Peter
I have a box of Q-Tips, a box of flux brushes, a stack of plastic
cards (look like credit cards but aren't), a tool that a friend used
for smoothing epoxy for autobody work, a set of flexible plastic putty
knives, and a pair of glu-bots. Sometime during every major glue job I
end up using a finger or two (and wishing later that I hadn't.)
You'll need to read each glue container to find out what the
appropriate solvent is. Water is ok for some; but others need mineral
spirits, acetone, or something else that isn't water.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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|| a stack of plastic cards (look like credit cards but aren't),
| Get them in the mail from time to time, do you? If Chase wants to
| waste its money, the least they can do is "direct mail market" me
| with some plastic glue spreaders!
My homemate is a nurse/contact lens tech - she had an outdated stack
of plastic lens care instruction cards.
The /best/ of my collection are ersatz Discover cards (thinner and
more flexible). Get yourself on their mailing list and your problems
are solved. <vbg>
DeSoto, Iowa USA
For edge gluing I go direct from the bottle onto the wood edge and spread
the glue out with a 1/2" acid brush, the little steel tube handle throw
For large areas I use a flat plastic card of appropriate size to squeegee
the glue to the entire surface.
Okay, good time to ask a dumb question I have always wondered about:
what are these acid brushes really designed for? I use them just for
glue spreading as well. Should I be buying some acid to spread with
them? I hate to under utilize a perfectly good acid brush!<g>
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I used to use a brush for edge glueing, but I learned that my finger is
more accurate, and I never misplace it. It's surprising that, with
just a little practice, I can spread the glue from the bottle in a
single bead, then the finger seems to know just how much pressure to
apply to take that glue right to the edge and all the way to the end
with just one long stroke. I never got good enough with a brush to do
it that fast and easy. You should try it.
I use an artist's brush from the kid's section at Walmart to glue
dovetails and such and a 1 1/2" paintbrush to glue larger surfaces
together. I have a tiny little stainless steel mixing bowl that I
squirt glue in when I'm brushing it on.
"Even an old blind hog finds an acorn every now and then."
I just glued up 5 cutting boards. They are made from glue up of 7 strip
about 36" long, then cut to 24 pieces that are 11 x 1.25 and glued up. I
tried a couple of other methods, but my finer worked faster and neater than
anything else. That is about 320 inches of glue surface per unit.
Working with dowels, plugs, biscuits, the acid brush works better.
For the water based glues the finger is quick and easy if doing a small
quick job. Wipes off easily and it will rub off after a few seconds. I
typically keep a brush in a cup of water but if it is hot and the water
dries the brush is toast. Rather than use a new brush for a quickie job my
finger works great.
Forget this for polyurethane glues.
Usually, for pva/aliphatic I use a very stiff 1/2" artist's brush, esp. when
For premix UF or resorcinol glue I make myself a few spreaders by cutting very
thin wedges off some hardwood scraps on the bandsaw.
For contact cement (which I use very occasionally, mostly when leather or felt
is involved) I use a plastic spreader because the glue comes off easily once
it's dry and you can reuse it. Been known to use my spray gun for that stuff,
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