Glueing up a dresser with West System Epoxy

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Forum topic by DavidTTU posted 01-15-2019 04:36 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2019 04:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dresser epoxy west system glue up

I am working on a large dresser and am worried about the upcoming glue up. I will be working by myself and I am unsure of being able to get the dresser together and square before a traditional wood glue starts to set up. My thought was to use some of the west system epoxy (105 and 205 hardner) that I have but haven’t ever used. The epoxy has a open working time of over 60 minutes, compared to the 10 – 15 minutes of open time with the Titebond glue.

My main questions is do I need to add a filler to the west system epoxy to use it to glue the case together? Or will just the resin and the hardner do without a filler? I have not worked with epoxy as a bonder before.

-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#1 posted 01-15-2019 05:22 PM

You shouldn’t need a filler in the epoxy if your joints are tight. I’m not sure why you would need that much open time. Have you tried to dry assemble it and timed yourself? If you haven’t worked with epoxy before, this may not be a good first time project. Titebond does have some Extend glues which have 15 minutes open time and 25 minutes assembly time.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 01-15-2019 06:12 PM

I would not suggest epoxy. It is messy the squeeze our is hard to control and to clean up and it is unnecessary.

Tightbond II should give you enough time but you might consider one of the over the counter hide glues which have a lot more assembly time….also they can be fairly easily un-glued if needed.

Check out this web site on glue assembly times:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-15-2019 06:29 PM

Yeah, I’d suggest not using epoxy also.
I second the thought of using hide glue.

I’m not sure what your plan is, but I never glue up an entire project in one shot. For instance, if it’s a dresser, I’d glue up the carcass first. After that’s dry, I’d glue on the face frame. After that’s dry, I’d start gluing in the runners/dust frames, etc. Finally, I’d work on the top, if it has a separate top piece. That approach may help too with the glue set times.

-- Pete

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