One Man's Junk - Chair #10: Plugging along

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-23-2008 12:49 AM 1253 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was late getting home this evening so my time was limited in the shop. My main task was to plug all the holes where I used screws . . . not the pocket screws as they are all hidden.

I popped the fence on the BS and lined everything up. This is the first time I used the fence . . . its 4” high and came standard with the saw. I like it.

After I ran the plugs through I was left with this.

Instead of using any type of wood glue to hold the plugs I use a secret formula . . . here it is. And its not some weird type of blueberry jam . . . it’s the clear liquid in the bottom. However the liquid is edible and its primary use is in the food industry. Can you guess what it is?

And here is the chair all plugged up. I dipped each plug in the “secret formula” and tapped them in each hole with a small hammer. The formula should dry in about an hour or so and will hold the plugs tight. Oh . . . when looking at the picture I realized that I missed one screw hole. Darn !!!

Next step is cut them all flush, sanding, clean the base and connect it with the chair.

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#1 posted 07-23-2008 01:25 AM

You just keep plugging away at that chair. It’s looking great.


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#2 posted 07-23-2008 04:47 AM

Zuki – the chair is really coming along.

What’s that secret you’re keeping. —- Spill the beans!

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#3 posted 07-23-2008 01:46 PM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-24-2008 02:37 AM

My secret formula is Knox Gelatine ( ) .

If you have ever simmered meat bones for a soup then chilled it, you may have noticed a slight jellied effect to the broth. This result is due to “collagen”, a protein substance which yields gelatine and is found in the bones, skin and connective tissue of animals. In manufacturing, unflavoured gelatine is extracted from the collagen by hot water, then concentrated and filtered for purity and clarity.”

When doing my research it seemed to me that it was very similar to an old fashioned hide glue . . . made from animals. My initial attempt at using the product as a wood glue was late last summer when I edge glued two small piece of jointed boards. I clamped them up and low and behold . . . it stuck . . . really good. They are still stuck together today.

I have not yet used it in any larger projects . . . mostly in plugging and when making a wood filler using dust.

That’s it.

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