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Blog entry by Bstrom posted 02-24-2021 06:00 PM 791 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may not be a new thought but I discovered it while trying to get rid of some Titebond glue lines on a tabletop we were finishing. Initially, I used a chisel to skin off the glue that the sandpaper wasn’t removing, which was no fun and brought the danger of wood damage into the effort. So what to do?

It’s simple – I used the rubber sandpaper eraser block and rubbed it along the glue lines – it pulled the Titebond off the joints even after they had dried for several weeks.

-- Bstrom



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EarlS

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#1 posted 02-24-2021 06:08 PM

A card scraper works well too.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 02-24-2021 10:09 PM

great tip never knew about that trick.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 02-25-2021 02:05 AM

That is a great bit of info, thanks. I can’t believe I’ve never heard this before

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#4 posted 02-25-2021 04:59 AM

Sorry for being an ignoramus, but please bear with me Bs’... I’ll belate my thanks till someone can explain what you guys refer to as a ”rubber sandpaper eraser block”... may be just a language barrier or one of the thousands of items that are available in Yankeeland and hasn’t sailed to Australia... yet.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 02-25-2021 05:09 AM

I think they are talking about an “abrasive cleaning stick” made of natural rubber. Search Amazon for that and you get a zillion hits. Worth its weight in sandpaper for all the sandpaper it saves.

-- Huh? Whadaya mean it ain't "measure once cut twice"?

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#6 posted 02-25-2021 05:18 AM

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#7 posted 02-25-2021 06:13 AM


Thanks Mike.. you get that, LBD? Looks like a long block of fruitcake made out of contact cement. Here s a link:
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- Bstrom

Thanks gents… though you’ll never manage to change my view about reading (ugh!) we are now on the same page. I have those “abrasive cleaning stick” scattered about the various “sanding stations” in the workshop.

I have a dedicated Rali glue plain, so I probably want need to use this method but it’s a great tip that I’ll have to file away in the memory banks. Good advice I could pass on.

Thanks for passing this around… If more members would do similar, we all could be smart(er) arses.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-25-2021 06:35 AM



Thanks Mike.. you get that, LBD? Looks like a long block of fruitcake made out of contact cement. Here s a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Eraser-Stick-Abrasive-Sanding/dp/B000H69U7G/ref=ascdfB000H69U7G/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309813767497&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3177797261986761835&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9013453&hvtargid=pla-568899461174&psc=1

- Bstrom

Whoa.. I’ve got one of those at my belt sander. Works great to de-clog the belt. Never thought of if for glue erasing. I’ll have to try it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 02-25-2021 10:41 AM

I can’t imagine that working, but I will give it a try too.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 02-25-2021 01:38 PM

This is definitely worth giving a try. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 02-25-2021 03:28 PM

Can’t say if it applies to the Titebond II but I imagine it would. I was most surprised it worked after a few days. Sandpaper eventually would not remove the glue line buildup which is why I thought of it. Was gonna use a plane but knew that would be a mistake…

-- Bstrom

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#12 posted 02-25-2021 05:51 PM

I’ve never heard of sandpaper not working on glue lines or a soft rubber material “erasing” the same glue lines. I have some pieces of wood that I just glued up last night with Titebond so I guess I will be doing a bit of an experiment to see if this works.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 02-25-2021 10:31 PM

White vinegar will dissolve Titebond. Give it a little time to soak in and hit it with a toothbrush and it’s gone. After the wood dries hit it with your last grit because the vinegar will rise the grain a little. I always check it with thinner to make sure I got it all and then finish it. This is not the way I would clean up all the squeeze out (I let it get rubbery and peel it off with an old but sharp plain iron). Don’t flood the area. I put it on with a small artist brush or Q-tip. I use it to clean glue out of the teeth on the bars of my clamps too. Good luck. If it doesn’t work give me a 10’ head start.
P.S. I haven’t used it on all their glues but it works on the original (yellow) and Titebond II or III, I can’t remember which of those I was using but about all PVA glues.

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#14 posted 02-26-2021 12:00 PM

Follow-up on my experiment last night. I was unable to remove any of the glue build up that set for about 24 hours with the eraser. About all it seemed to do was wear down the end of the eraser a bit. The squeeze out looked somewhat shiny as well.. The ROS, with 150 Mirka paper, as expected removed the glue line and smoothed out the joint. As expected, the eraser did a good job of cleaning off the sandpaper.

If someone else can provide a video or some proof of how the eraser works for them I’d like to see what their process is. It certainly would save on expensive Mirka Abranet ROS sandpaper.

I will keep the white vinegar trick in mind on for any squeeze out I can’t get to with sand paper. I’ll also try it on my Bessey clamps. They need a good cleaning.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 02-26-2021 04:32 PM

I think the problem with sandpaper – is after glue is cured, it can be harder than the wood. So you sand down the wood fibers faster than the glue. I’ve done it with soft maple. Bummer. I may try “The Stick”

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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