Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Question for pen turners. Which type of glue?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Posts
    2,379

    Question for pen turners. Which type of glue?

    I've gotten my lathe out of storage and am getting back to making some projects. It's been a few years since I've made anything and wanted to ask what type of glue you all use nowdays. I used to use a two part epoxy but that always seemed to be a mess and always got inside the tubes and was hard to remove. Is there a better way nowdays? I tried CA also but it didn't seem to hold as well as epoxy. How do you keep it from getting inside the tubes? I was told once that if I put the glue on the tube first then it would not coat the inside of the block evenly. So...what is the answer?

    Tom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    3,632
    I don't have any answers Tom, but I can tell you what gets me by. Rough your blank up a bit with some sandpaper, who cares what grit. I use thick CA, smear a little on the inside of the blank and then on the tube. After I insert the tube and recess it, it gets shot with some accelerator. I use a barrel trimmer in my hand drill and that cleans out the tube and gives you flush ends. Hope that helps
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,825
    This has to be the most asked, discussed and cussed subject on the pen turning forums.
    CA, epoxy and Gorilla glue are the top three. Those who prefer one hate the others.
    I prefer and use two-part epoxy. I prefer for several reasons: easier to store, has long enough working time, not really messy to use, doesn't foam and probably more.
    Of course, rough up the tube and apply to the tubes, not the inside of the blank. If a little gets inside the tube it is not a big deal. I just pick it out with a knife point after it hardens.
    My 'technique' is to mix, with a toothpick, what I will need onto a sheet of printer paper. The toothpick is used to apply to the tube.
    Very easy. I see no reason to change to another glue or method.
    BTW, I couldn't operate my shop without round toothpicks. In addition to using for glue, I use them as small dowels and tons of other things as the need arises.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    Posts
    485
    I also use the two part epoxy. I use the 30 minute kind and let it cure 24 hours. I have had too many problems with ca on glueing in the tubes. You can flatten out play-do and plug the ends of the tube with that, just wipe down the outside of the tube to get rid of any residue. Sticking the tube through a slice of potato also works to keep glue out. Again, clean the outside of the tube. If any glue gets inside the tube, do like Frank says, clean it out with a knife after it sets. I also run a gun cleaning brush through the tube after they are glued and cured.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,002
    Another epoxy user here. Like Dale, I like the 30 minute version for the longer working time, and I let it sit overnight. I put the glue on the tube only, but work it in and out of the blank to get glue distributed on the inside of the blank. I clean the bulk of the glue from the inside of the tube while it's still wet. I use a Q-tip dipped in acetone to wipe the inside of the tube clean.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Goodland, Kansas
    Posts
    4,834
    Another user of 30 min. epoxy. I got some thin wax from Bill at Arizona Silhouette that I plug the one end of the brass tube. I use a dowel that fits the end of the tube after I sand it and twist it as I go in. The wax on the end keeps the glue out of the tube.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    800
    I've tried ALL OF THECA glues thin, med & thick the bond wasn't good to me I kept blowing up blanks. I now use Gorilla glue it fills all of the voids & makes a good bond. I add approx 1/8" more wood then you need past the tubes so I'm sure to get a excellent bond.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,002
    Hay Chuck, can't you see this is an "epoxy only" thread? Take your new-fangled monkey glue and stick it.








    To some pen blanks, of course.

    I haven't tried the urethane glues like Gorilla, but my experiences with CA were similar to yours.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tokyo Japan
    Posts
    15,806
    I use the "Jelly" Ca glue and have had no problems at all, you guys need to learn how to sharpen your skews and make nice gentle clean cuts....... stop using them round nosed scrapers on pens...................

    .........as Stu runs for the hills.....


    (just kidding fellas..... )
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,002
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ... stop using them round nosed scrapers on pens...................
    I start with a chainsaw, and do my finishing cuts with the backside of a spoon.

    Actually, pens are one of the things I can do halfway decent with a skew. (I can still do a pen as good or better with a 5/8" bowl gouge, though.)
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. Question for pen turners
    By Tom Baugues in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 12-05-2013, 02:47 PM
  2. Another question for pen turners
    By Bob Gibson in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-17-2009, 02:36 PM
  3. What type of glue? and why?
    By larry merlau in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 06-13-2008, 07:56 PM
  4. What type of glue? and why?
    By larry merlau in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-08-2008, 02:03 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •