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Old Feb 16, 2009, 02:55 PM
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Elmer's Yellow Wood Glue Drying Time?


I decided to build with Elmer's yellow wood glue and I was wondering how long it takes to dry before I can remove what I'm working on from the building board. The instructions say over night but so does the Elmer's white glue instructions for full strength but Elmer's white glue actually bonds in 30 minutes.

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Old Feb 16, 2009, 05:39 PM
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I build with this too and it takes the same amount of time as with Titebond(Titebond and this type of Elmers are exactly that same except for the smell ). I hope that you have built with this before! I can't answer you directly, though, because I'm not really sure what you are working on. Sorry!

Can someone else help?

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Old Feb 16, 2009, 08:37 PM
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It depends on where you live. In Clovis, where avg. humidity is about 12%, I leave it for a 3 or 4 hours. In Houston, I left it for 24 hours before disturbing.

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Old Feb 16, 2009, 09:01 PM
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That's a good point. I would say, though, that the room humidity is more of an issue than where you live.

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Old Feb 16, 2009, 10:19 PM
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Thanks, I took a chance on 30 minutes and no problems.

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Old Feb 16, 2009, 11:02 PM
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Since I have always built in the garage... The humidity's what it is...

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 01:53 AM
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I usually use Titebond. It seems to set solid within an hour but the way and rate I build I just leave stuff overnight. Sometimes I'll take stuff off the board after a couple of hours and haven't had a problem.
Old Feb 17, 2009, 07:52 AM
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I know I should wait for at least an hour in the future. Actually I should wait for four hours, I don't recommend removing after only 30 minutes.

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Old Feb 17, 2009, 11:10 AM
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It depends on the fit. I know that in conventional woodworking with tight joints and heavy clamping, you can safely take your work apart before an hour has passed. Maybe even by 20 minutes or so. I suspect it's quite a bit longer if the joint is not tight, even with balsa.
Old Feb 17, 2009, 12:32 PM
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I'm with Ian on this; who's in a rush? Overnight is insurance.


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