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Minimize glue mess with masking tape

Minimize glue mess with masking tape

When I'm gluing up assemble-yourself furniture, I use masking tape to keep the glue off of parts that are to be stained. I cover each mortise or dowel socket with masking tape, smooth it down with my thumbs, then cut away the tape over the holes. When I assemble the joint, the glue bubbles out onto the masking tape, not the unfinished wood. After the glue dries, I pull off the tape and start staining.

-- David Elmer, Battle Ground, Wash.

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Comments (5)
bjg_afp wrote:

fold a corner of the tape to make it easy to get off later.

4/26/2011 12:34:24 PM Report Abuse
Retirado wrote:

In using tap[e to mask glue, I've found it easier to wipe the glue off the tape and pull the tape immediately. If you wait for the glue to dry, it's harder to remove the tape and you end up diddling around with a blade trying to lift tape that has hard glue set on it.

4/24/2011 08:17:34 PM Report Abuse
fixitcr63 wrote:

They say the best ideas are the simplest ones. This is just that, it's one of those things that I've done all my life, gluing boards, wiping off glue, or scraping it off after it dries, and there's always the usual complaining. When I now look at this idea, I'm still smacking myself in the head saying,"Why didn't I think of that?"

4/21/2011 06:53:18 PM Report Abuse
johnuccello wrote:

Hmmm... gives me an idea for edge jointing boards. Could put the strips of masking or painters tape down the side of each before glue-up. Simple ideas are always the best.

4/21/2011 05:32:10 PM Report Abuse
ZekFussel wrote:

I usuall do just the oposite. Tape the areas to receive the adhesive then give the wood the final colour treatment. After the finish cures, the assemble the parts. The parts are easier to contorl the finish mediumn on each individual piece than once it's assembled.

4/21/2011 04:00:16 PM Report Abuse

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