What's the best way to clean up some glue (e.g. Titebond II) that gets
on the surface of wood, such as oak? Will a damp rag be good enough? I
recently put some stain on some oak, and some areas containing residual
glue marred the finish.
I'll second this method - the first step though is not to use so much
that it's squeezing out all over the place. Brush it on and take into
account the type of joint when you put it on. If you're getting glue
everywhere, you're using too much.
Classic Harbor Freight item.
Acid brushes when they are on sale.
I buy at least 30 at a pop, then use and pitch.
Life it too short to sweat the petty stuff of even pet the sweaty stuff.
For detailed stuff I like to use a little rod of scrap wood cut at an
angle on the end. Can use the point to get in the tight spots, and
the face of the angle to spread with. The nearest sink is up a flight
of stairs, so a glue brush is pretty much guaranted to be use once and
then in the trash for me. This way I can just keep cutting the end
off to get a fresh end until it's too short to use. On larger pieces
I'll apply the glue directly to the piece and use the stick to spread
it, for small stuff I'll squeeze out a blob on the back of a used up
piece of sandpaper and dip. Works for me.
I also use whats commonly called an acid brush. Since
my nearest water source is a distance away, I keep
a small pail of water nearby with a small sponge
and an old washcloth for cleanups. Usually, I will
toss the brush in the pail at the end of the glue session.
Many times, they can be reused, but it seems lately
that I got a batch where the bristles fall out easily.
The one glue accessory that I have really latched on
to is a bottle with a wide roller tip. This saves so
much time in certain instances that I think that I
could not do without it now.
I picked this tip up from Rob Cosman's video on making hand cut
dovetails: he uses a flexible artist's knife for applying white glue.
The knives are very cheap and in this situation at least are far better
than acid brushes which I buy in quantity whenever the woodworking show
arrives in town.
Index finger, which then get wiped on seat of pants and eventually
applied to best couch/chair seat, resulting in divorce. I also use
scraps of wood. Lately this has been a bunch 1/2"-wide strips of 1/8
baltic birch ply, 6 or 7 inches long.
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