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Offline ear3

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Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:38 AM »
We're getting a small break in the cold here on the east coast, and I'm wondering whether I might be able to do some glue ups in my unheated garage shop, rather than bring everything indoors.  So I'm just curious what the lowest temperature is that people feel comfortable doing glue-ups with wood glue (using Titebond II)?  We might hit 53F today, though it would drop back down into the lower 40s tonight. 
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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2016, 10:49 AM »
Chalk temperature indicates the lowest recommended temperature at which the glue, air and materials can be during application, to assure a good bond.

The chalk temperature for Titebond II is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. For Titebond III it is approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit so that would give you a little more leeway with the lower temperature ranges.


Offline ear3

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2016, 11:29 AM »
Thanks @GarryMartin I didn't realize Titebond III had a safer lower temperature rating -- glad I have an extra gallon of that on hand.

Chalk temperature indicates the lowest recommended temperature at which the glue, air and materials can be during application, to assure a good bond.

The chalk temperature for Titebond II is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. For Titebond III it is approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit so that would give you a little more leeway with the lower temperature ranges.
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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 01:10 PM »
@Edward A Reno III

Titebond also has a technical help line at 1-800-347-4583 that you can call for more info.  I found the staff there to be very helpful.

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Offline thedude306

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2016, 01:58 PM »
timely!  I was using some tightbond II out in the shop last night and temps hit -30C so it was cold in there.  about +8 and I got the following on a project.  I was planning on taking the pieces into the house any ways but I was surprised how fast it happens.  I didn't even know there was such a thing but a quick google search on "tightbond looks like chalk" revealed it's a common issue in the cold.  You can see right at the joint what it's supposed to look like. 

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Offline Gixxerjoe04

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2016, 10:15 PM »
Funny, the other night I was gluing stuff up, had my heater running but turned it off when I was done and the next day the glue that wasn't where it was suppose to be was white like that, didn't know what had happened.  I've been keeping the glue inside though before I use it, and using tightbond 3, hope the joints are still good.

Offline Steve-Rice

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Re: Safest lower temperature bound for wood glue?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2016, 11:52 AM »
I think we all need to move to warmer climates...    [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]