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Posted on gluing dowels

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#1 posted 10-18-2018 03:28 PM

A key question for me is… Is the blank wet (green) or dry.

For dry I would use wood glue such as Titebond. I have never had a problem with it in about 40 years. Others have reported problems when gluing wood with it becoming soft, gumming up sandpaper, or becoming brittle.
For wet I would use medium CA glue as it will form a strong bond even with wet wood. Many turners, who turn green, use CA to attach a glue block and do not have problems.
For epoxy I have limited experience. There are probably some that require a dry surface and some than can be used with a wet surface.

If the question is food safe you would have to read the individual data sheets. For me, there is such a tiny area where glue may be present (exposed around a dowell) that it should not matter. I can not imagine anyone ingesting an amount to be harmful in normal use.

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