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A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 20, 2023 10:27AM
Maybe 18 months ago, I bought a gorgeous Scandinavian dining set-dining room table, 7 chairs, and a sideboard/buffet, for $800, used. A fabulous deal!

The only downside was that about six months ago, the glue in the chairs joints became noticeably loose. Local repair shops were asking $6K to repair and reupholster them.

Fool that I can be, after looking at a couple of YouTube videos, I told my wife, "I can do that for a lot less."

So I bought a couple of bar clamps to use as spreaders-I already had chisels, rubber mallet, etc.

I got two chairs apart, and they were beasts. I looked online for "how to dissolve woodglue" but didn't find anything useful. Then I put the second chair back together, in the wrong freaking order, so I couldn't finish it. At the point I gave up.

Coming up on Thanksgiving, wife asks, "About those chairs...." So after a little bit of searching, I found out that you can use a heat-gun to melt wood glue. So I bought one

Over the weekend, I got on it, and what was taking me days with just the clamps and chisels took a few hours with the heat gun-magic! I got the misassembled chair unassembled and then properly reassembled yesterday. Now I'm on to the others, and feeling competent-it feels good!
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 20, 2023 10:44AM
good tip!



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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 20, 2023 10:44AM
just make sure you're not "roasting" the wood while doing that... you may find it's a different color after.



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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 20, 2023 10:57AM
Great point! This heatgun goes up to 1100 degrees F, so I'm keeping it dialed down to about 300. So far, that's not causing any problems. So far.....

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just make sure you're not "roasting" the wood while doing that... you may find it's a different color after.
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: JoeH
Date: November 20, 2023 11:30AM
Yes, this works with some types of wood glue, but not all. For the rest it will take taps with a good rubber mallet to separate the joints.
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 20, 2023 11:39AM
And prying with chisels.....speaking from recent experience.

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JoeH
Yes, this works with some types of wood glue, but not all. For the rest it will take taps with a good rubber mallet to separate the joints.
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 20, 2023 12:01PM
Nicely done…. I’ve cheated in the past by buying glue syringes and injecting glue after drilling a pilot hole…
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 20, 2023 12:25PM
Chair leader!

Bear in mind that most wood glues—Titbeond and its ilk—don't stick to themselves, so for a good bond, traces of the glue need to be removed before re-gluing. The only wood glue I know of, besides epoxy, that sticks to itself is hide glue.



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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 20, 2023 01:03PM
Yup. Much laborious scraping with chisels, and sandpapering has been involved. Oh, and much careful drilling out of dried glue in mortises....yuch.

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lost in space
Chair leader!

Bear in mind that most wood glues—Titbeond and its ilk—don't stick to themselves, so for a good bond, traces of the glue need to be removed before re-gluing. The only wood glue I know of, besides epoxy, that sticks to itself is hide glue.
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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 20, 2023 05:47PM
I've got a heat gun, mainly used for heat shrink tubing, but have found the odd use here and there.

One thing that really bothers me is that it stays very hot after being powered off, for much longer than I'd like.

I have to be very mindful of where I let it rest, lest I be reminded of the heat issue.

Now I have small butane torch, mainly for the time I'll finally get 'round to making crème brûlée, but it also works well on heat shrink tubing with nearly immediate cool down.






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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 20, 2023 09:37PM
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Yup. Much laborious scraping with chisels, and sandpapering has been involved. Oh, and much careful drilling out of dried glue in mortises....yuch.

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Re: A minor home repair victory-You can melt dried wood glue with a heat gun!
Posted by: Smote
Date: November 21, 2023 02:34AM
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Nicely done…. I’ve cheated in the past by buying glue syringes and injecting glue after drilling a pilot hole…

there is also something you can inject like that that swells the wood, locking the joiint.



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