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I proved I can really mess up Bessy clamps with wood but now I see I can do more harm. (freeze and scrap off with a box cutter)

What is a good way to prevent glue ups from becoming nightmares. Glue up some boards on edge. How long to wait before scraping the glue off? Is scraping it off OK? It got to be over the edges quite a bit and I can sand it down but it would take a long time and there must be a better way.

On things like box joints does blue painter's tape help?

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I normally wait about 20mins to give the glue a chance to "skin" up then they pop off really easy and dont leave hardly any mess behind.

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How do you pop it off? Do you take the clamps off too?
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I proved I can really mess up Bessy clamps with wood but now I see I can do more harm. (freeze and scrap off with a box cutter)

What is a good way to prevent glue ups from becoming nightmares. Glue up some boards on edge. How long to wait before scraping the glue off? Is scraping it off OK? It got to be over the edges quite a bit and I can sand it down but it would take a long time and there must be a better way.

On things like box joints does blue painter's tape help?

Thanks

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Hi Kelly - I caught part of your previous saga. Glad you figured a way to clean them up. I assume you are using Titebond or another "yellow" glue. Probably the best way to clean that up is to get it as soon as possible with a damp towel. It sets up in 10-15 min but doesn't cure for several hours so damp towel will work for quite awhile before you get to the scrapeing stage. Another thing is it sounds like you had way to much glue applied in the first place, This is kind of and experience thing but I usually just brush it on both surfaces so they are covered but not "puddled(?)" I use a 50 cent bristled (not foam) chip brush with the bristles cut back to an inch or so. Helps cover the glue joint pretty quickly and avoid excess.
Glue up time you really need your act together as the stuff does set up pretty quickly. First time I used Titebond was on a splined edge joint and the stuff set up before I had the entire joint clamped tightly You could try coating the clamps with Slip-It or WD-40 or something to keep glue from sticking or even tent them somehow with wax paper. Still, that protects the clamp, not the project. Titebond doesn't take stain so any that sets up on the project may seal the wood from taking stain during finishing.
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Thanks. It does help. How long should the wood be clamped together?
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To remove the "rubbery glue", I use a sharp chisel, held with the bevel down flat against the wood surface. You could also use a scraper. I leave the clamps on for at least the glue manufacturer's recommended clamping time, and often longer (because I live in a high-humidity environment).
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Kelly, everyone has their favorite glue; I use Titebond III on almost everything I build. It has a longer working time and sets up quick plus it is highly water resistant. I use acid brushes to apply the glue and just cover the surfaces with a thin coating. Clean up is quick and easy with a damp rag as John mentioned. When clamping you do not want to crush the wood, just hold it firmly together. This may reduce the amount of squeeze out you are getting but most likely you are being too liberal in applying the glue.

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There should be a recommended time on the glue bottle. Titebond III will set up in about 30 minutes, but the size of your project would determine the time needed. For small things 30 minutes might be ok but for large panel glue ups you might want to give it 24 hours.

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