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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 01-20-2013 11:32 AM 1616 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2013 11:32 AM

The winter has put a real damper on my woodworking. But I’m not willing to just stop and wait for spring.

For those of you with unheated/uninsulated shops I’m curious as to how others are coping with the cold?

I quickly discovered that wood glue doesn’t work in the cold. What I’ve started using instead is epoxy. If I warm up the epoxy a bit before mixing it I can usually get it to work. I’m not convinced the epoxy is giving me joints as good as Titebond but the epoxy does seem to cure, even in freezing temperatures.

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 11:45 AM

I used to use a foam cooler box to keep my glues in during the winter. although as you found out they don’t work too well in cold weather, at least they keep longer.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 11:49 AM

We had a really mild break in the weather yesterday. I got the soffits up on one side of my shed as well as the siding. Got the other side yet to do before I insulate.

Its very touch and go with the weather. I can’t do any woodworking until I wrap this expansion up. Basically the building of my shop is taking up all of my free time and shop space.

Now another cold front is coming through . Will probably start insulating this week and just finish up the outside as the weather allows.

To keep glue from freezing I saw where someone uses a baby-bottle warmer of all things to store the wood glue
in. I suppose that doesn’t do a lot of good if the air temp is below freezing and you are doing a glue-up.

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 11:58 AM

I have a small heated attached garage that I use for finishing that I keep freezables in. The wood shop isn’t heated so it gets very cold in there. I just grit my way through it. Jobs must go on.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 12:08 PM

i keep my glue an batteries in a old fridgerator with a lite bulb..


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#5 posted 01-20-2013 01:32 PM

This is exactly WHY I moved my shop back to the basement. (Burr 10 degrees today!) When my shop was in the garage I kept the glue and finishes in the house in a storage area in the basement.


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 01:48 PM

I’m hanging out here until it warms up a bit.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 01:56 PM

I moved to Florida. In 1982. This helps the glue dry, doesn’t make my projects look any better, however.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 02:29 PM

Insulation and a propane heater I can turn on about an hour before I want to do woodworking. I take my glues and digital measuring tools in when I am not in the workshop.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 02:50 PM

I do like Jesse. My garage usually doesn’t freeze and I have a furnace to heat it when I am working in it. Keeping the glues at room temperature I don’t have to warm them up before use. It is 0 out right now and garage was at 37F.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 03:10 PM

I have a 2 car attached garage as my shop. The room has one heating vent in the back which is 5” round and wide open, and just under that is one of those radiator heaters on high. The shop stays about 60 – 70 degrees. Its also cool in summer. I’m planning on increasing the surface of that heater with some metal stacks on top of it to increase the air flow and heat transfer through it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#11 posted 01-20-2013 04:21 PM

I heat my shop, when I’m out there. Otherwise it is not heated so I bring my glues inside. I will run the heater for a few hours after a glue up to get the glue in cure mode before I cut the heat. I like to do my glue ups at the end of my time in the shop when it is fully warm and the wood has warmed up. Then I let the heater run for a few more hours to get the glue curing before I cut the heat. That routine has worked well so far even though shop temperature in the morning is usually around 40 deg. My shop is insulated so that helps quite a bit.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 01-20-2013 07:29 PM

I’m working in a barn that is too large and drafty to be heated, unfortunately. Has anyone else found a good substitute for wood glue?

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#13 posted 01-20-2013 09:00 PM

can you build a smaller room in the barn with a heater? i cannot imagine a solution to cold that does not involve heat.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#14 posted 01-20-2013 09:10 PM

One thing I do is keep all my glues and finishes out of the cold I have a big trunk I keep them in in the house

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#15 posted 01-20-2013 09:12 PM

I heat with kerosene and keep my glues in the house. On really cold days like today, (a whopping 6 degrees F in Minneapolis), I like to give the heaters a 30 minute head start before I go out.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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