A customer wants a lightly built TV stand, made of butternut with miter
joints. I tried to get her to let me use dovetails, but she doesn't like
them. I am very concerned about the strength of this unit. I intend to use
biscuits on the joints, but still...
I read that PU gives much stronger miter joints than yellow glue because of
the end grain. Anyone have experience that confirm or refute that?
My experiences with PU have been messy. If I put masking tape on both
sides, will the overflow peel off with the tape, or will it just work under
the tape? Any advice on this would be appreciated.
A biscuited miter joint should be plenty strong for a lightly built
stand (hopefully the TV and not just the stand is light).
The yellow glue gets absorbed into the endgrain too quickly. Some
people brush yellow glue on the endgrain and let it soak in before
doing the final glue-up. The polyurethane glue is thicker than the
yellow glue so it doesn't get absorbed as much, then expands and blocks
off the endgrain so the glue stays put. At this point I've pretty much
switched over to polyurethane glue for everything except where I need
long open time.
The stuff is messy, but if you tape, scrape and sand it'll clean up
just fine. Burhish the tape down so the glue won't seep under. Wipe
the completed joints down with alcohol or mineral spirits before you
attempt to finish the piece to make sure you removed all of the excess.
Post some pictures. Send $5 to the first name on the list. Have fun.
Any one-to-one slow cure epoxy will outperform PU adhesives. It soaks
into the end grain and that just makes it so much stringer. Acetone is
a typical easy cleanup solvent many of us keep around. As a practical
matter, I have epoxy end bonded red oak trim scrap into useable lengths
to finish up a job without another trip to Menards. Resulting pieces
stained and varnished fine with the seam almost invisible (sharp saw
blade, ya know).
One kind of adhesive in the shop just isn't enough. Titebond, Gorilla
Glue, whatever, all have advantages and disadvantages. Use them where
they work the best.
Lee Valley carries a product called Waxalit (or Waxilit). Consistency
of vasoline - apply where you don't want glue to stick. Peel glue
squeeze out then remove waxalit with alcohol on a Q-tip. Michael
Fortune uses it to solve glue squeeze out clean up on Windsor chairs.
Comes in small tube or can.
This stuff was originally developed to reduce friction on production
joiners, planers and shapers. For those applications they sell this
stuff in 55 gallon drums.
I've been using West System Epoxy on our boats for quit a while. It's
very good stuff and since I'm about out of it I'm switching to System
Three Epoxy. The west System requires acetone for clean up. System
Three can be cleaned up with white vinager or rubbing alcohol which is
much cheaper than acetone. System Three is availble locally here at
Woodcrafter's were as West System has to be shipped in making it more
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