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No I'm not talking about salt on fries or slices of fresh tomatoes that you eat for lunch while building. I'm not even talking about any salt that serves to enhance your favorite beverage at the end of the day after you turn off the power to the shop tools. I'm talking about actually using salt in the building process.
I saw this on PBS about a week ago on a show about craftspeople and their legacy. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the show or the host. But this episode was about a wood worker named John Wilson, I think. He's been building for decades and has taught wood working and written a lot of books about the topic. I had never heard of him though I'm sure there are many of you who are familiar with his work.
John was demonstrating how to build your own plane by gluing up a wood sandwich with the pieces that go north and south of the mouth pre-cut. He told the host that a good way to avoid that problem of having glued pieces slide around is to sprinkle a little salt in the glue. He said that the salt has a rough surface with lots of points and it helps keep the pieces from moving relative to each other. He also stated that sugar would not work as it doesn't have the same rough surface.
I gave it a try on a glue-up I did today. I put glue on both mating surfaces and sprinkled a little (very little) salt on one side. When I put the pieces together I tested the resistance and was pleasantly surprised. With hand pressure the pieces held firm and didn't slide around. Even with considerable clamping pressure they stayed put. So it really works. With a little effort you can get the pieces to slide but you don't have to put extra clamps on the glue-up to prevent it.
I do have one question. Is there any chemical reason not to use salt mixed in with Tite-Bond glue? There's very little salt used but even so I don't want to accidentally make plastic explosive or some gummy acid.
P.S. BTW, I haven't tried sugar yet to see if it is a poor substitute.
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I know....long time no see.....but I am still kicking!
So happens I have some absolutely beautiful cocobolo I came into a bit back.
Resawing perfectly quarter sawn billets of extremely dense old growth
Backs: 7 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 3/16
Sides: 5 1/8 x 36 3/8 x 1/8
I need to turn some tonewood into green...so I thought I would post here and see
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Hopefully I can figure out how to post pics. Although as you might recall.....I
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Anyway, asking $200 (that is starting bid on fleabay)
Give me a shout if you are interested. I will have a number of these
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