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Thread: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

  1. #11

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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    "A crock pot works just as well and costs $15 at Walmart"

    A baby bottle warmer is quite cheap and works very well to warm the glue and keep it at a reasonable temperature, and a baby food jar (saved in the shop for various uses from when my now-grown kids weren't) is the perfect size for fitting in the bottle warmer and holding a working amount of hide glue. FWIW.

    Robert

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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    Fortunately I have a sous vide cooking thingy that'll keep things at a nice 150deg without having to get all DIY on a heating solution.
    I like the glass jar idea, seems ideal and wide mouthed for easy access to the goop.
    Glue is here, as soon as my real work project is delivered I'll have time to experiment a bit with using the glue on scrap and then go for the real frame.

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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    Starting the process this week: hide glue as recommended. Thanks for all the advice, I don't do this often and like to know what I'm getting into and not ruin an antique in ignorance.
    I'm not going to do a tear-down and full restore of the wood frame, it's earned its scars, but I may polish up the brass later.

    This is the majority of the damage, thankfully not cracked and its just joints being old and dry:
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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    Had an Improved Empire State view that looked to be in almost like new condition, but many of the joints were loose. Probably either from storage at extremely varying temperatures, or from a batch of bad glue when the camera was assembled. Hunch is the latter. Used Clear Gorilla glue, one joint at a time with serious clamping for 24 hours of curing. Wood has to be moist when the glue applied, very, I mean very little glue needed, and serious clamping a must. Was careful, and not a bit of the glue seeped from any of the seams. Was 100% satisfied with the results.

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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    I made way too much glue I'll drop some cling wrap over it and toss it in the refrigerator.

    Squared to the frame and against flex, glued and clamped, and now we wait.

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    Re: Glue to re-seat dry wood joinery in LF frame?

    Ending the thread on an up note - a day later the joins are rock solid and I can't even tell at the seams that it was ever falling apart.
    It's always great to learn a new skill and have it pay off right away.

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