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Dave Owen

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#1 posted 10-30-2016 07:47 PM

Thanks loiblb and SignWave! All comments and observations are excellent- especially those related to heat and full adhesion issues. The rest of the comments are ‘spot-on’ also. A third factor I think is important in this experiment is extended drying time to develop as full a bond as possible. In any case, even though this experiment by you and others, as well as myself, has established that using Titebond for gluing tubes to pen blanks is not a good idea, it may still have generated useful information for others who might someday want to try the same thing. On my last six pens I’ve used Titebond Polyurethane, and thus far I’ve had no problems with it. On future cross-grain turnings, after applying the glue I think I’ll insert the tube most of the way in – withdraw it – apply more glue – and reinsert it in the opposite end. That way both ends should be well glued.

-- Dave O.

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