Any truth to the "No TB3 on Walnut" anecdote?

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Forum topic by Winny94 posted 12-02-2021 10:47 PM 513 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2021 10:47 PM

Ive heard this a few times now, but not sure the reason why. Is there a reason TB3 shouldnt be used on walnut? I am just starting a walnut chopping board, and since those are regularly exposed to moisture, I typically use TB3

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 11:08 PM

I’ve never heard it and have used TB3 on several cutting board that have thus far zero reported problems or failures.

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#2 posted 12-02-2021 11:29 PM

TBIII is the standard glue in our shop and we glue plenty of walnut with it. No problems that I’ve noticed.

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#3 posted 12-02-2021 11:54 PM

I’ve not heard that one until now.

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#4 posted 12-03-2021 12:24 AM

Never heard of it. Might contact the manufacturer and see what they say

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#5 posted 12-03-2021 12:29 AM

Never heard of it, just came out of the shop after gluing up some burl walnut and ? cheese slicers for Christmas gifts. ? was most often Maple, and Cherry, but also some other stuff occasionally.

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#6 posted 12-03-2021 12:41 AM

Sounds like some silly wives tale people make up cause it sounds cool

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#7 posted 12-03-2021 05:00 AM

I never use any else. I us it on all my builds..

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#8 posted 12-03-2021 11:07 AM

I’ve never heard this one, either. TBII and TBIII are my go-to wood adhesives.

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#9 posted 12-03-2021 12:01 PM

The only problem I have had with TB3 is shelf life. I have had it go bad before 2 years from code date so I only buy it in the smallest bottles available.

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#10 posted 12-03-2021 12:27 PM

I generally use Titebond dark glue on walnut mostly because it hides better than the yellow, especially on darker woods.

I have noticed glue creep with Titebond after a couple seasons. You can feel all of the glue lines on flat glue-ups, like the glue swelled up. For table tops and such, I use Gorilla Glue, the foaming kind.

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