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05-25-2010 08:03 PM

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Wondering your take on this.
My main venue is outdoor craft fairs and art festivals. I attend one every weekend.
I have recently been worried with the increasing summer heat if my boxes will be safe.
They are displayed on a table which is under my tent but to draw customers one tent is twords the front and the boxes on it get very very warm.
I have used a sort of mechanical fastener in all my corner. Splines, hidden splines or biscuts but I am still worried how the heat will effect the glue bonds. The last thing I need is a box disassembling itself on the table.
Thanks in advance guys

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 08:46 PM

What sort of glue do you use? I use titebond II and III and have not seen any problems.

What I’d recommend as a test though, is to put a test box – or even just some test joinery in a parked car in the full sunlight, with the windows closed. Leave it there for an hour or two – that should get well over 120 degrees F.

If it doesn’t disassemble under that heat, then I would not worry about just direct sunlight.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 10:24 PM

Other than hide glue you should’nt have any problems


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#3 posted 05-25-2010 10:42 PM

Make a test in the oven at 140 or 150. That will cover any solar gain.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 11:49 PM

I am no expert but I would suspect it would do more damage to the wood than the glue. So good solid joinery and proper sealing will greatly reduce risk of any damage. If you get enough movement in your wood than it could cause your joints to fail.

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 02:49 AM

I left a ring box first in the car in the beating sun and then on the pavement.
Each for an hour. And nothing failed. so it seems to be ok.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 05:55 AM

years ago you could not get me to use any thing but tightbond 3 but i tried Roo Super It always out pro-forms and dried clear no yellow dye. the spring was very much less (tested over 1000’s glue ups] it seems to penetrate the wood much better for a better joint. It is more money and somewhat harder to find. I get it in 55 gal drums but is available in gallons

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#7 posted 05-26-2010 06:00 AM

Is that the same glue that’s used on melamine ?


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#8 posted 05-26-2010 02:27 PM

Radius, where can one get the Roo Super Glue? I have used TB III for a number of years.

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