Messages Archive 2010

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Re: Joint life ( how long will glue last)

Dave Bair, Eaton Rapids, MI
I think that glues like TiteBond are flexible to some extent (the dreaded "glue creep). While this may be undesirable in some applications, it may also make the glue less subject to changes in the joint's dimensions. All glue failures I've repaired in old furniture are from glue that has become so brittle it's crystalized and powdery. Wood movement seems to have caused the glue to actually fracture. My point is that modern glues may never give way during the life of the furniture because they stay flexible enough to keep up with wood's dimensional changes.

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