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#1 posted 08-17-2017 01:40 AM


Two methods for dealing with glue squeeze out on previously finished parts are to 1) cover the adjacent surfaces before applying the glue or 2) remove any squeeze out prior to the glue curing. Both methods presume the finish has cured at least for a few days.

The first method would best be done by dry-assembling and clamping the table base together and then carefully applying painter’s tape (as opposed to typical masking tape), ensuring the edge of the tape is well-sealed to the pre-finished part and fits tight in the corners. After the tape is in place and the table base glued and setting in the clamps, any squeeze out would mostly flow out onto the painter’s tape. After about 30 minutes the painter’s tape can be removed. Leaving the painters tape in place until the glue is cured could make removing the painter’s tape difficult.

The second method would involve removing any glue squeeze out after the table base has been clamped for perhaps 15 to 30 minutes. A clean damp cloth wrapped around a chisel can be used to remove any glue squeeze out before the glue hardens. The chisel helps with getting into the inside corners. Constantly repositioning the damp cloth on the chisel would reduce the chance of smearing the glue on the surface.

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