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Forum topic by Bret posted 04-09-2010 01:00 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2010 01:00 AM

I’m making a bread box for my wife. I decided to use aniline dye to stain the whole thing before assembly so that I wouldn’t have any issues with missing spots, that kind of thing.

Then I lost my mind and wiped on a coat of BLO. Then I realized that I still need to glue this thing togther! Will the BLO interfere with the glue (I was planning to use Titebond) or is there something that can be done, if so, to mitigate the damage I’ve done?


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#1 posted 04-09-2010 01:14 AM

can you skim the glue contact points on the saw ,
to expose fresh wood again ?

if not how about some screws and plugs or biscuits ?
or just mark evenly and use some brass roundhead screws ,
and let the head show ?

make it part of the design .

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#2 posted 04-09-2010 02:44 AM

I don’t know if this will help, but in penturning we use ca glue and BLO together all the time as a super rock hard finish, and they compliment each other.

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#3 posted 04-09-2010 03:33 AM

wood glue works by penetrating the pores and crevesses of the wood under pressure of the clamp. usually not by alot, but enough to form interlocking hardened tenacles at the glue joint. unless you applied several coats of BLO, one coat should not be enough to plug all the pores. be glad you didn’t apply heavy shellac or poly. besides, even if the joint won’t withstand 1,000 pounds of force, the breadbox probably won’t experience excessive forces, unless she doesn’t like it, and throws it to the concrete floor. then, there could be a problem. i’m just saying.

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 11:12 AM

i agree with David. If that is not an option, scrub the joint areas aggressively with mineral spirits and steel wool, wait a day or so to thoroughly dry, and then I would use gorilla glue, or epoxy, which does not rely on penetration into the wood to form a bond in the same way as common wood glue. These are messy adhesives to work with, but I believe either of these will give you a better bond for the long term.

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