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Posted on Glue removal tip wanted...

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#1 posted 11-05-2018 02:37 PM


To answer your question, get the glue off before it dries. Sanding and scraping dried glue off can lead to over sanding errors and with a scraper, you risk tearnig wood out. Not to mention in some species of wood, you cannot get the dried glue out of open pores without planing or drum sanding the entire top.

Using just the right amount of glue comes with experience and is the first step in simplifying glue clean up.

Here’s what has worked for me for >25 years:

1. Scrape the squeeze out off with a putty knife
2. Wipe remaining glue with a damp (not soaking wet) rag or sponge. In some cases like corners I use a soft bristle toothbrush followed by a putty knife wrapped in a paper towel or rag.
3. Follow up with a dry paper towel.

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