Wooden Shim Starburst Mirror Tutorial

I’ve been in my new home for 3 months now and I am in love with it. The kitchen stinks because it’s tiny and there is no dish washer and we need to install a garage door opener, but other than that this house is dang fab! Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue is often referred to by one of its trade names: Crazy Glue, SuperGlue, and others. Hold the trowel at a 45-degree angle and spread the glue – make sure the teeth of the trowel touch the concrete. Smith’s Oak and Teak Epoxy Glue is intended to be mixed one-to-one by volume, and is forgiving of minor mix ratio errors. I have made several cutting boards and they are all butcher block type boards made with multiple pieces of hard wood, primarily sugar maple as it is about the hardest.

I would like to take it off and put a dark stained window casing around the edge instead, but don’t know if I would damage the mirror by trying to get the mirror edge off. Gentle clamping, steam-bent or thin wood laminations and cross-grain fasteners or tenons, all these contribute to a long-lasting glued wood structure. This small amount of glue can be all but impossible to see until the application of finish defines the portion of the wood sealed by that thin film of glue. I’m using crimps on the end of ribbons and just want to add a drop or two of glue to make sure it holds…….

Carpenter’s glue is easy to use, dries a translucent amber color, and is more easily sanded than white glue, which tends to soften due to the heat of the sanding process. High-temp glue guns can heat glue up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and should be used with caution. When using white glue to bond two pieces of particleboard, use a rubber paint roller to spread the glue evenly over the wood. I press the tape around the edges of the substrate as soon as I put the veneer down.

For larger glue projects, such as those requiring multiple clamps or involving heavy or delicate materials, consider having a friend handy to help you hold the project while you secure the clamps, tape or whatever will help hold the piece as the glue sets. Our number one complaint with modern (since the 1940s) furniture manufacturing methods is that they rely on pin nails or screws to hold joints together rather than glue. The solvents are absorbed by the wood and will cause the epoxy bond to the wood to fail, or to be far weaker than it would otherwise be.

Flooring is considered acclimated when the moisture difference between the wood and the subfloor material is within 4% for flooring less than 3” in width. The reason she went with the hot glue is that she was worried she might want to be able able to pull it off one day and switch it out. With a 1″ thick wood chisel, now split the wood on this line until the piece is removed. If your wood project will be used regularly or is large, move on to the next method, using yellow carpenter’s glue.

Place the wood on your glass quickly while the glue is still hot and hold the pieces together for at least one minute to dry. Allow to sit 10 to 20 minutes before use, and allow to sit on wood joints with exposed end grain or exceptional roughness for at least ten minutes before assembly. In addition to a miter joint, you can also make butt joints, using different boards of the same thickness.

The chemical nature of wood significantly delays polymerization of cyanoacrylate. However, for joints that get a lot of weather, use polyurethane glue; it’s fully waterproof and bonds wood and other materials well. BEST ANSWER: On this type of project the importance really needs to be placed on removal of the old glue and any contaminates such as wax or oils.

To remove sticky labels from glass jars and wine bottles, soak them in warm soapy water overnight. You may have to cut the first board using a circular or miter saw with a blade designed for engineered wood flooring. Expandable Glues: Gorilla Glue and Zap-A-Gap are popular brands of expanding adhesives. The swelling of the wood will cause problems, because eventually the wood will shrink back to its normal moisture content, and the resultant shrinkage may produce gaps in the finished flooring.


The glue sticks bonded most materials well to the stainless steel, with the exception of TPU. For best results any liquid epoxy adhesive should be applied to both surfaces to be glued and allowed to sit long enough for the wood to soak up as much as it wants, so that when the pieces are assembled the wood will not absorb the glue that would otherwise fill the gap between the pieces.

It’s much better to spend extra time prepping and planning for the glue job than having to continually reapply glue to a sagging or broken joint or to be running around with glue flying everywhere, desperately searching for something to prop up the project I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. If you are using a burl veneer that has some voids, it’s best to use a veneer glue that matches the color of the wood cells around the voids which are frequently darker than the rest of the veneer. Then, use a nail punch to countersink the nails and fill the hole with matching wood filler.

This tough glue is also resistant to rain/weather, UV light, and heat, and adheres well to a wide range of substrates. Again, oil, petroleum jelly, nail varnish remover, or vinegar could be used to soften the glue’s bond, and even greasy products like mayonnaise and margarine have been known to ease glue from glass with the help of a scraper. Make sure the back of the moulding is painted black if not it will show in the mirror. Apply a generous amount of glue — the layer should be thick but not overflowing.

It’s amazing how a little bit of greasy fingerprints can reduce the strength and repeatability of a glue bond. Fabric Glue – Fabric glues dry almost clear, and dry about as quickly as a white craft glue will. The process for proper gluing will vary depending on what kind of materials and glue you are using. Some of the expanding glues require the surface to be slightly damp beforehand to activate the glue. If you plane or sand glued-up panels too soon, you could be left with sunken joints after the wood dries and shrinks to its original state.

A topic that may be surprising by its absence here is the discussion of what glue to use for specific tasks. Epoxy is a two part plastic resin and hardener that chemically react when mixed. Luckily, you can remove glue from almost any surface without damaging the finish. Titebond Liquid Hide Glue is thinned by gently heating the bottle in a pan of warm water. If you are looking for glue that is waterproof, does not foam like standard polyurethane glue, and has excellent strength then Titebond III is a good choice.

Freshly poured concrete slabs emit many gallons of moisture as water vapor, therefore no concrete should be poured after the flooring is installed. For best results, use sawdust from the same species of wood as your project; you can get some from the bag on your electric sander. Click on the link on the right to see an example of what happens when you have too much glue in the joint.

Oak & Teak Epoxy Glue is only one of several epoxy adhesives made by Smith and Co.. Check their website for further details. When gluing glass together, E6000 will work on rough cabochans and shapes, but if both pieces of glass are slick use aquarium bonding cement. Otherwise, the glue from the joint may expand into the surface underneath and you will find your structure glued to the work surface. If the wood is highly porous, the adjustment time is just a few seconds so practice with scrap wood if you’re not sure. Also, because the glue is hot on application, it can’t be used on meltable materials (like styrofoam or nylon).

Silicone Adhesives: Silicone adhesives resemble rubber caulking and are often used in plumbing projects or for glass repair. One gallon of glue should cover between 175 and 225 square feet of substrate material which is roughly both sides of three 4×8’s. If after removing there is no condensation on the underside of the plastic sheeting, the concrete slab can be considered dry enough to install the engineered flooring. Most water-based glues reach full cure in about 24 hours, but it can take several days for swollen glue joints to shrink back to size. In these situations, you should be extra careful to lay the veneer down just right when you stick it in place.

Depending on the heat resistance of the surface, you can either heat the glue directly with a hair dryer whilst working away the glue patch with a scraper, use boiling water, or leave the glue-stained surface out in the hot sun, before scraping the sticky patch away while it’s hot and pliable. I place a few strips on the top edge of the veneer before putting it on the substrate. I’ve seen thin round wood placed after the mirror and then barackets screwed to hold the woodnin place.

As important as using the right amount of glue is spreading it evenly across the joint. PVA glue has lots of water in it, and that water will cause the wood edges at glue joints to swell. Metal, leather, ceramics, plastics (except for polyethylene, polypropylene or Teflon), rubber, gemstones, cabochons, and wood. The small beads also mean scraping away excess glue is going to be easy when the joint dries. Elmer’s Wood Glue is inexpensive glue that is quite effective for holding balsa wood together.