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    Gorilla glue

    How do you guys use gorilla glue it says on the label to wet one part of whatever you are gluing because it reacts with water. How do you use it to glue your tubes in. I have lost a couple of pen blanks because the CA is not filling the ends of the tube and there is a small gap between the blank and brass tube. Probably due to drill wander. Stuff bleeds over into the void when sanding and polishing.


     
     
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    Do not wet the wood. It actually weakens the bond. There is enough moisture in the blank to activate the glue. However when gluing acrylics I take a deep breath and exhale through the blank. Plenty of moisture. Let the glue cure over night.
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    I never wet anything even wiping carefully when I insert the potato plug in one end. Never did any heavy breathing and even though there is almost no possibility of movement whilst setting I still bind the blank end for end with rubber bands.Love Gorilla Glue.

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    Not enough moisture in the air here, in fact there is not enough moisture in me.

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    Same here, never wet it, always works. Gorilla for wood, Epoxy for Acrylics
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    I use Gorilla, and always 'huff' with acrylic blanks.
    I just twist when I insert the tubes and use a mastic tube nozzel to seat fully......keeps my fingers clean
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    When I use Gorilla glue I don't wet or dampen.

    Mainly use two part epoxy as had better results and les mess IMHO.

    Had an allergic reaction to CA so minimise the use of it now.
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    I rarely use Gorilla glue (Polyurethane) unless there are likely to be gaps between the parts. I much prefer Araldite (Epoxy). Itís less messy and has a far longer shelf life than Gorilla glue. I had to throw my last bottle of gorilla glue away as it had set in the bottle.

     
     
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    I am still quite new to pen turning so a bit of a novice but you shouldn't really have a problem with any sort of drill prblems at the ends unless you are cutting your blanks to short. What CA are you using because a thin CA won't fill the gaps but a thick CA should be enough to take up minor gaps. I also use the twist & slide up & down method as I am pushing the tube in. A thick CA has a longer working time so allows you to do that. Also a tip someone gave was to stand the blanks on end after the CA had hardened & then drip a little thin CA around the ends.
    I was having some problems with the wood breaking off the ends & that was one of the suggestions. I also tried Polyurethane which works OK but I now tend to use a combination of both, Not on the same blank I might add lol

     
     
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    Interesting!

    I never use CA to glue in tubes, just epoxy or polyurethane depending on the blank and with the latter I always dampen the inside of the blank immediately before inserting the tube. Use an artists brush and can honestly say that to date have never had a failure.
    I don't bother with plugging the ends either these days as it's simple enough to trim out the overspill with a scalpel and fine abrasive wrapped around a dowel. Anyway I'd rather use potatoes to make chips.

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