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Forum topic by Cousinwill posted 11-27-2013 02:56 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2013 02:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box elder ca glue maple checks cracks

Hello everyone !! I need some advice ~! I do a lot of natural edge bowl turning and when I find checks or cracks I normally use CA glue, (medium viscosity) mixed with fine sawdust. This works great with darker colored woods such as Walnut. My problem is lighter colored woods such as Box Elder and Maple. After applying the CA glue to the bowl blank the glue stains the wood yellow around the crack. Any advice on another product to use or tips on how to reduce this problem would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 04:55 PM

I use medium and thick CA all the time and haven’t had a problem with yellowing. Sometime it darkens the wood but that disappears when I put a finish on because the finish also darkens the wood a similar amount. If you are working with “wet” wood the CA may be reacting with the excess moisture. I have had CA almost boil in wet wood. You might try a different brand of CA because there are some variations. Your alternative would be to try a fast setting epoxy.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 05:38 PM

I normally put a coat of thinned out rub on poly, do all the filling; sand everything before applying finish. The thin layer of poly will create a barrier between the wood and filler material.
Good luck


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#3 posted 11-27-2013 06:19 PM

LesB—Thanks for the response. I am using the glue on wood that has moisture content of less than 20%. Brand is Titebond. Changing brands might help. What brand do you use?

mrjinx007—Thanks for the sharing with me the way you do things. Might just be a good idea !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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