Last Friday I did some Lamenting about how wise I was by not dryfitting dowel joints... http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=12710 on the Off topic forum. Blowing off steam on my stupidity...
Well, this is Monday and I redrilled the dowel holes although just a tad off center of the "now Dried" dowels that I sawed off. To my amazement, the drill bit came out with sticky chips in its flutes. Hmmmm
How long does it take those joints to dry?
I know there are several who whiz through projects leaving them in clamps a half hour and then processing onward. Are you not taking a chance on future failure? "Norm" clamps it up, shoots a brad to "hold it till it dries", and removes the clamps (I saw him do and say that on TV this week)
Back in the dark ages when teaching in school the hour long classes created a situation where work was done and sat overnight so the student could resume the next day. Never really thought of the drying time.
Three days in a joint and still tacky makes me want to reconsider glue-ups. Don't say it was old or cold glue as it was fresh (about a month old) and in my heated basement shop. Too much glue in the hole, Nope as I brush on a thin layer much like painting and the dowels were snug in the hole (reason for first posting problem )
Anybody know the drying time needed for full strengh joints, Bottle says 30 minutes, Blah Blah Blah, etc. BUT ?????