I will be using Titebond III and gluing two pieces of hardwood together,
mahogany, oak, cherry etc. What I need is some opinions on how to remove
the glue overflow. I have seen everything from using a damp rag to remove
excess glue to people who say that it just pushes glue into the wood fibers.
Some say let it dry and scrape it off..... I am afraid that any staining
afterwards will show the glue line. Any ideas?
If you are able to do the staining before you glue up, you're ahead of the
game. Sometimes I have used painter's masking tape to cover areas subject to
glue overflow and that helps. It's not perfect, but better than getting glue in
the wood that then does not allow for proper staining. In some cases the
"marker type" pens sold at most paint supply dealers can be used to cover up
small areas where glue shows. GCS
MY TWO CENTS WORTH - What you have heard, including the previous post, is
true to an extent. However, I usually do not stain prior to gluing,
especially with slabs, table tops, etc.
I usually wipe THOROUGHLY with a wet rag (wet, not just damp). Idea is to
get the surface around the joint good and wet, dilute the glue and get it
off of the project. Then follow with a dry rag to remove the moisture and
diluted glue. Yes, this will raise grain on some woods but not much if done
Invariably you will have some additional glue come up during the drying
process - let that set and scrape it off gingerly with a sharp chisel.
Occasionally if I do not get a lot of runout from the joint, I just let it
set and scrape. Also, I am usually inclined to just scrape the bottom of a
slab glue up because the glue is more likely to form drops than pool.
Another thing to keep in mind is cover your joined surfaces with glue but
don't overglue. The jury is always out on applying glue to both surfaces,
but good coverage of one surface is probably enough. Then clamp the pieces
together until they are joined and quit tightening the clamps. Over
clamping reduces the glue in your joint and adds to the mess.
All of this amounts to glue philosophy that usually gets modified when you
are up to your wrists in glue and the phone rings.
I often finish things that the panels in a raised panel door before
I'm there. I started off gluing up like Norm... Rivulets dripping
down. I've since backed way off - a light but thorough coating that
results in minimal squeeze out during clamping. I'm no glue chemist
by any stretch, nor have I done "long term hold" tests - but so far
I'm happy with this lighter approach.
I have always use a very wet paper towel to get rid of squeeze out. Wipe
several times turning the rag. Never have I ever had a problem with glue
getting into the pores or grain of the wood. The wet rag will raise the
grain but I very seldom sand before gluing. If you look at the directions
on the Titebond III bottle you will find that the same technique is
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