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Sirrus Nexabond 2500

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Instant Glue Creates Strong Bond

Every now and then you come across a tool that dramatically changes the way you work. Nexabond 2500 is one of those tools. I use a lot of jigs when making furniture, and it’s the perfect glue for securing fences and other parts to them. It also works great for gluing solid-wood edge-banding to sheet goods, even around curves. And because it contains no water, it doesn’t cause materials like MDF to swell. The bond it forms between parts is amazingly strong, but for critical jig parts I’ll continue to reinforce the joint with screws.

Application is very easy. Just a few drops is all you need (don’t spread it over the entire joint like you do with PVA glues). Hold the parts together for a few minutes with clamps, and the joint is done. Edge-banding can be trimmed flush after just 30 minutes. But you don’t need to rush. Nexabond 2500 remains workable until you bring the two parts together and apply pressure. You can apply it to a joint and let it sit. It is available in three different set times: fast (1 to 3 minutes), medium (3 to 5 minutes), and slow (5 to 10 minutes). I use the medium set most frequently.

I also tried Nexabond 2500 for slip-tenon joinery on some small tables. The glue acted as a lubricant, making it easier to get the tenons into the mortises. However, joints must be really tight for the glue to activate. And the squeeze-out became rubbery and difficult to remove. Nexabond 2500 is great for jigs and edging, but I’ll stick with PVA glue for joinery.

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Published at Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000

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Epoxy makes tearout disappear

When applying finish to a tabletop recently, I discovered a couple of areas of severe tearout I had missed. To remove it with a card scraper or sandpaper would have left an obvious valley in the finished top, so I came up with a simple alternative. I filled the small voids with epoxy (I use QuickCure 5 Epoxy from LeeValley.com) and then leveled the areas with a sharp chisel and a card scraper. A bit of light sanding and a new coat of finish makes the tearout disappear. My method has worked under simple oil finishes as well as oil-varnish blends.

—CHARLES MAK, Calgar y, Alta., Canada

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