Gel super glue

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  1. Jon Klobofski

    Jon Klobofski

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    I have been trying to find information on the uses of gel super glue. Basically, would it be useful in my turning tool bag. I normally use thin and medium type super glues to repair or trying to prevent cracking. Has anyone used the gel in their turnings.
     
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    Well, you can read the information on the Loctite Gel Super Glue. My impression is that it isn't the best thing for woodturning.
     
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    Quoting the web link " The gel formula works on a variety of porous and non-porous surfaces and is ideal for vertical surfaces and small gaps. Loctite® Super Glue Gel comes in a self-piercing tube; it dries clear and sets without clamping. It is also resistant to moisture, most chemicals and freezing temperatures."
    The small gaps made me think of repairing ring separation.
     
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    You might want to look at Starbond. They have a wide assortment of CA adhesives including gap filling and flexible adhesives.
     
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    I have used the gel to fasten a silicon foam gasket to a plastic substrate. This was for an industrial problem. It worked so perhaps it could be used to fasten pads to a mandrel when doing a bowl base or with a vacuum chuck.

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    Jon, I use CA for many applications but it seems too brittle for that purpose. Also, it can penetrate and stain the work piece and doesn't stand out.

    I do use Starbond and their accelerator. Great stuff. But as you know, segments in a turning will move relative to one another. Flexibility is important. Perhaps a syringe applicator with titebond.

    I use titebond for segmented work. The original or TB II.

    Epoxy is a great filler in my experience. I usually use Loctite.

    Just my .02
     
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    Thank You Mark. I have been toying with the idea of syringe tips. I also use Titebond CA , but believe I am going to try Starbond. I was impressed with what I saw on their website.
    I just purchased some epoxy for a beer stein I turned for a friend. I have limited experience using epoxy, but you don't gain experience until you try. I have ideas for the other uses for the epoxy, but want to wait until I finish the stein.
     
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    I started rough turning this hollow form today. The figure and coloring surprised me. This is from the last log I have of this Silver Maple. Was not expecting the pinkish hue. Then I noticed the ring separation. Would syringe tips and CA help to repair or am I simply out of luck. IMG_0392.JPG
     
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    Unless you are wedded to a certain size, I would try and turn past the cracks in the diameter, or just move the bottom up and eliminate them.
     
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    Thank you for replying Mark. I had every intention of turning that piece into a urn. But with the ring separation, that did not happen. I turned the piece down,trying to eliminate the flaw. Unfortunately, the flaw was greater than expected.
     

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