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  1. Using Starbond CA Glue To Fill Insect Holes in Serving Boards and Turning Projects

    As a woodworker who lives in small-town USA, I rarely get to pick and choose the wood I get to build with and am usually stuck with what I have on hand, or what the local sawmills have an excess of. I have a few small sawmills near me, but the closest “wood store” is over 50 miles away, and their prices are often a bit out of my reach for the high-quality exotic species. Due to these issues, I tend to build a lot with domestic hardwoods that I can easily get my hands on, such as ambrosia maple, red and white oak, poplar, hickory, and sometimes pecan.

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  2. Beginner CA Glue Problems and Solutions Explained Here - Part I

    Originally, CA glues were meant to be used in small amounts. Cyanoacrylate glues actually and perceivably perform better when less are applied. When less glue is used, the adhesive dries faster, allowing it to reach its full bonding strength sooner. Before blaming the adhesive, there are 3 instances when CA glues seem to have poor performance:

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  3. Ukulele High Gloss Finish with CA Glue

    Complete a clean, protective finish onto your ukelele with ca glue.

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  4. The Perfect CA Finish on a Maple Bolt Action pen

    There is no exact recipe for applying a CA finish. Talk to 20 different turners and you’ll get 20 different answers on how to lay down the perfect CA finish for your pens. The following is how I use CA glue as a finish for my pens. Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue usually comes in a few different forms. I typically use thin CA as a basecoat, especially for wood pens. Thin CA allows the glue to soak into the grain of the wood. After several coats of thin CA glue, I usually step up to medium CA glue to build up the finish. I reserve thick CA glue for filling gaps in wood pens. For this project, I chose to use a bright and figured piece of maple paired with a bolt-action pen kit. The light color of the wood compliments the gunmetal finish of the hardware. This tutorial will explain how I got a smooth and shiny finish on the pen!

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  5. Woodturning Pocket Mirror With A CA Finish

    Today, I'm working on a piece of pocket mirror. I wanted to show you real quick how I do them. We're gonna put a CA finish on the back of it. I have here a piece of walnut which is about two inches thick. Depending on the size, you may pick based on the mirror size or adjust a little bit. I can get two or three out of it. Then we can epoxy it in into the little recess and we'll foot around and use the jaws to expand it to finish the outside of it.

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  6. CA Glue Application for Pen Turning Beginners

    In this article, I'll show a way to glue pen tubes into your bikes. I have here a pair of figured white oak blanks and this includes using two types of Starbond Superglues - the EM-02 Super Fast Thin and the EM-150 Medium. So here's what you do:

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  7. Stabilizing Wood with CA Before Resin Crown Casting

    There is another use that I do quite often with Starbond Superglue. I have here a pre-turned all wood bowl. It's almost finished and it needs one more thing. I'm gonna take this what I call a natural landscape - an effect that is created when the wood bowl is broken apart.

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  8. Stabilize Olive Wood Bowl Crack with Thin CA Glue

    I'm showing you a really cool feature of Starbond Super Thin Fast. It is so thin and so perfect that it permeates even into the smallest and thinnest crevices in your core pieces.

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  9. Repairing Shoelace End With Superglue

    I'm sure we've all had this annoying issue at one time of our lives - the shoelace is in fine shape, the shoe is good, but the little plastic thing at the end is detached. Wrapping a tape around it doesn't really solve the problem so in this article, I will show you a neat little way to fix this issue using superglue.

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  10. CA Glue and Coffee Ground Filler

    Like many woodworkers, my interest in woodworking started in my teen years due to a passionate woodshop teach who inspired me to learn how to use tools and make things with my own two hands. Unfortunately what they don’t teach you in woodshop is perfection is allusive and rarely if ever achieved. I struggled for many years trying to make things perfect from the start of any project until I read some words of wisdom somewhere online, “A good craftsman isn’t someone who that doesn’t make mistakes. A good craftsman is someone who knows how to fix or make the most out of his mistakes.”

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