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#1 posted 03-27-2018 10:24 PM

I ve tried it numerous times. The salt does NOT readily dissolve in the glue. If I were glueing up soft wood like pine, it did great because the granuals compressed into the wood when clamping. It created “teeth” to prevent slipping. Any hardwoods I tried, the glue up didn t slip but I could pop apart the work with my hands after full cure. The granuals still remained (most of them) and created nothing but problems.

I ve tried the “salt trick” with TB Original, TBII, TBIII, and Gorilla wood glue. Nothing dissolves the salt.

- Fthis

Good to know. I haven’t tried it yet either. I have
a Plano press now that makes flat glue-ups. I’ve
used wire nails with the heads clipped off before
and that works to prevent slippage as the clamps
are tightened. It’s more hassle than salt but if what
you say of hardwoods is true it may be the superior
approach compared to salt.

I had assumed the salt crystals would dissolve in
the PVA glue like salt does in water but now I see
how that could be a flawed assumption.

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