Gluing parts together after finishing?

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Forum topic by Duckarrowtypes posted 05-24-2010 02:29 PM 2560 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 02:29 PM

I have parts that overlap and require finishing separately. Is it acceptable (and as strong) to glue them together after finishing or would I get the strongest result by gluing before finishing? I’m planning to use titebond III.

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#1 posted 05-24-2010 02:41 PM

If you only put finish on the parts that will be exposed, you should be alright. The the finish will ge into the pores of the wood an limit the strenght of it’s bond.

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 03:09 PM

Mask your glue surfaces before you finish, and wipe off any squeeze out when you glue up. You should be fine.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 04:58 PM

I second the masking aproach


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#4 posted 05-25-2010 03:24 AM

Thanks for the tips! I think I’ve figured out a way to assemble prior to finishing now. Phew!

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 03:31 AM

I often use Elmer’s white glue for repairs on finished furniture. It cures completely clear.

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 03:47 AM

Finishing first is an acceptable technique (often better), as long as you don’t cover up the wood that needs bonding. It can save you some serious inside corner sanding.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 03:52 AM

Like Jim said. Mask off the areas you plan to glue.

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