9 thoughts on “Blot out squeezed out glue

  1. If squeeze-out is expected to be a problem, apply masking tape to both sides of the glue joint so that all squeeze-out ends up on the tape. Wiping, even with a damp rag, still leaves some glue in the wood’s pores that can negatively impact finish results. Masking tape costs a little money, and takes a few minutes to apply, but is absolutely reliable and doesn’t require immediate action during the glue-up, or even the same day, a big deal when doing a complicated glue-up to a severe schedule. Stan

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  2. As an alternative to saw dust, Paul Sellers wipes with a handful of shavings. He said the glue cures faster if you remove the squeeze-out.

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    1. I always found that an odd way to clean up glue. Atleast water does some kind of a job but he smears it everywhere and then lets it dry. It’s ok on table tops and other easy to plane areas but on joints it would be a nightmare trying to plane it out. Personally along the joint lines I would follow Stan’s suggestions of using masking tape.

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      1. Telling people to wipe PVC glue squeezeout off with anything (shavings, sawdust, rag (Norm Abram!) etc) is as good as telling people to use glue-sawdust mix to repair blunders. Of course, it will work if you’re going to sand (deep), or plane the surface afterwards — or in the case of glue-sawdust, you don’t mind second-rate fixes.

        Anyone who believes Paul Sellers or Norm Abram that it’s a good technique to remove glue should try it themselves and then put a finish on the work.

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