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Dave Owen

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 04:31 PM

First, thanks to all for their comments and for identifying their favorite glue for pen-blanks/brass tubes. There are many ‘bests’ – so ‘whatever works”! I know most Titebond’s are formulated for wood to wood gluing, and I’ve used nothing else for that purpose for many years, but while doing so, I’ve also noticed that it’s extremely difficult to remove it from most surfaces oncc dry. That was one reason for my ‘experiment’. The other was related to glue distribution. It’s always seemed odd to me that even with an adequate amount of glue applied with the recommended push/twist/pull technique, that much glue could reach the end opposite the insertion end without being scraped off by the blank. Neither of the two failures I had (one with epoxy, and one with CA) resulted in the tube coming loose from the blank. Instead, what happened was that a piece of the wood at the non-insertion end popped off while turning. In both cases, following the failure, I broke off more of the blank at that end and found virtually no bond at all despite having used the recommended technique. On my experiment with the Titebond II, in addition to the push/twist/pull technique, I pushed the tube out the non-insertion end about 1/2”, and found there was almost no glue on the tube. I then applied glue to that exposed end and twisted and pushed it back in place. That seems to have worked fine, and suggests to me that tube/blank failures are likely more often caused by poor glue distribution – than by the type of glue. In any case, it’s not my intent to use Titebond again for that purpose, but I’d still like to hear the experience of anyone else who has tried Titebond for bonding blanks to tubes.

-- Dave O.


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