FYI. Freebie glue squeeze out video (FWW). Pretty good idea, but I'm
usually too stressed out during a glue up to do this.
Nice little trick. I'll have to remember that one.
And thanks for the trip back down memory lane, stressing during glue up.
LOL... Through the years wood working becomes less stressful as you learn
the tricks like the one you posted for us. I do vividly recall having every
one ready for the "glue up" and for me it was like brain surgery. Today not
so much of a problem.
For probably 20 years I used a water saturated paper towel to remove the
excess, followed by the normal finish sanding. I gotta say I cannot
remember a time that wiping with a wet rag ever presented a problem and I
built a lot of furniture out of Red Oak. I can certainly agree that this
method can present problems if you are not thorough.
Anyway if you are stressing because of the glue open time, consider using an
old glue that you mix. Very simple and you have more than enough time to
assemble anything with that glue. The only real draw back is that you need
to leave the clamps on at least over night. IIRC WeldWood is the name of
the glue. I comes in a powder form and you simply mix in water.
I saw the article in FWW - and couldn't understand going through all
that careful glue application - brushes, careful application of just
the right amount of glue - and that doesn't eliminate the problem
of glue squeeze out clean up and the problems even a little glue
left on the piece when you apply a finish.
For about $8 IIRC, you can get a lifetime supply of Waxalit from
Lee Valley. Put it where you DON'T want glue to stick - and it won't.
Glue pops right off - wipe the area with alcohol to remove the
Waxalit - which dries WHITE so you can see it - and apply the finish.
No scraping, no careful chisel work - and no special time carefully
applying the glue.
On Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:37:58 -0700, charlieb wrote:
I couldn't find it on the web site. Are you sure they still carry it?
I've used ordinary paste wax (Trewax) for the same purpose. If I'm
applying an oil based finish, I don't even have to worry about removing it.
It dries very white so it is very easy to see and it comes off very easily
with a mild solvent like alcohol. Ah, also it is very thin and goes on very
very very easily. A very little bit goes a very long way.
I was just reading that article during a plane trip yesterday. Did anyone
else notice that in the process of removing the glue "roll" with a brush,
he got some glue on his raised panel?
I'm not sure that in my climate, I would have sufficient open time to do
those steps without the glue starting to bond before I was done. I think
it might work for raised panel doors, but for more complex glue-ups where
multiple joints have to be set simultaneously, I know I couldn't make that
I've never had a problem with using a sharp plane or scraper to take off
squeeze-out. As long as I don't get greedy in trying to take down too
much, I've never had problems with tear-out or residual glue marks on the
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Think Windsor Chair, A&C piece with "slats" close together, insert
in a box insert, ... - anything where space is tight or not easily
to with a chisel or scraper - or even a crank necked corner chisel.
Probably could get squeeze out removed with an assortment of dental
tools - but the time involved alone makes trying Waxalit worth the
- which seems to have doubled since I bought my can. Didn't realize
much the USD has dropped in value - a Euro is now worth about $1.50
Eight years ago it was $0.94 USD. We've come an long ways baby - just
in the wrong direction.
On Tue, 03 Jun 2008 21:13:29 -0700, charlieb wrote:
Hey, don't knock it. I buy things direct from various countries including
the US and £1=$2 is great from where I stand.
Anything American is usually £1=$1 by the time it gets to the UK-which is
one reason why US cars have had a hard time getting a hold in the
Oh, I wasn't disagreeing with your approach. I pre-finish most of my
stuff lately and the wax makes removing glue squeeze-out easy. My comment
was directed at the FWW approach. Your approach, or my pre-finish approach
both work well with complex glue-ups. The glue-up you describe, at least
the way I envision it, would not lend itself to the FWW approach very
well -- too easy to get stuff to sieze up while taking care of the glue
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
What you need to use is the "glue capsule" Drop it in the joint and as the
joint closes it crushes the capsule releasing the glue.
Now all you gotta do is invent that glue capsule. LOL
Actually there are dry glues that are activated by ultrasonic waves. Can
you imagine applying a glue that is not sticky, assembling, clamping and
then waving an ultrasinic device around the joint?
And I wouldn't even have to buy an ultrasonic wand! I'd just ask my
mother-in-law out to the shop, and remind her that I don't attend
church. The resulting hour-long tirade of red-faced screeching, much of
which extends into the ultrasonic range, would activate any such glue
within a 200 meter radius.
I could amuse myself and form glue bonds at the same time!
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