For several reasons, laminations are almost a completely different type of glue-up when you compare them with all of the other joinery glue-up scenarios. First, the total surface coverage is significantly greater than a mortise and tenon, panel glue-up and even a case of dovetails. Covering a larger area with glue takes more time to apply evenly. With this additional time, you begin to eat into your open working time – or the time you have before things start to dry. Second, the greater volume of glue coverage tends to slip and slide around during clamp-up, making proper alignment tricky. … Read More »
Two of the most common comments I hear from fellow woodworkers about Gorilla Glue are that “it foams” and I didn’t know they make a PVA wood glue.
As far as foaming, yes, this is how polyurethane-based glues dry and cure. In many cases people use too much of it, or forget to read the instructions that calls for dampening one side of the surface to be glued to help activate the glue.
In terms of their Wood Glue (Type II- PVA), I’ve used this product for years and have been
pleased with it’s performance, … Read More »
Every so often the responsibilities of modern life can take a temporary back burner to more selfish (albeit productive) pursuits. This past weekend is a perfect example of one of those times. Admittedly, this is actually the fourth such time when I’m fortunate enough to have a week or more to do this. Every time it has been used to make significant progress on furniture projects. Two years ago I was knee-deep in building my kids two walnut beds. My purple-stained fingers, caused by the tannins, are a reminder of the byproduct of working long periods with Juglans nigra.
With the … Read More »