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How to Apply Cyanoacrylate Glue Blocks to Woodturning Projects Properly
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Q: I've articles about glue blocks, that were very easy to understand. I tried Hot Stuff glue to fasten my turnings to the face plate block, but it did not bond. Maybe I should have moistened my wood?

Applying Cyanoacrylate Glue on a Faceplate If not applied in the right thickness or applied poorly, cyanoacrylate does not work well in applying faceplates.

A: First of all, it’s important to use medium or thick consistency cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, NOT the thin kind. It’s also important to have a good fit between glue block and turning wood and make sure there’s no sawdust in the joint. Also, if it’s cold in your shop, the glue won’t set up. It sets up with heat and moisture, but not too much moisture ... just a hint. If it’s too wet, then the glue glazes over and the joint won’t hold.

Sometimes when the glue is old or something else is wrong with it, it just doesn’t work, but for the most part, that’s pretty rare.

Here’s a tip: when you’ve finished using some of the glue, leave the cap OFF until
the glue settles back into the bottle. That will prevent the nozzle from clogging up. You can put the cap back on after the glue has drained back. (That’s a tough one, because
we were all taught in grade school to put the lid back on the glue bottle, so we have to unlearn this habit when using CA glue.)

Good luck!

posted on June 1, 2008 by Betty Scarpino
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