11 Tips for Using Epoxy
By Brad Holden
Epoxy is a specialty glue that does
more than simply stick wood
together. It also fills gaps. That
makes it ideal for tackling loose joints,
hard-to-clamp parts, repair work and
colored inlays. Besides that impressive
flexibility, it’s also useful for joining
wood to metal and for waterproofing
outdoor wood projects.
Follow some basic rules
Epoxy is a two-part glue: a hardener and a
Working with epoxy does require that
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Rescue a loose joint
We all have
Tip: Plastic containers are ideal
Glue metal to wood
Epoxy bonds many kinds of
Tip: On anodized metal surfaces, such
Renew a stripped screw hole
Simply fill the hole with epoxy. When it
Tip: On a vertical surface, it’s nice to have
Make an epoxy inlay
Rout a 1/8-in. x 1/8-in. groove and
Use when clamping is awkward
Epoxy forms a mechanical
Tip: Wood is a porous material
Waterproof outdoor projects
When used as an undercoat
(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)
Devcon, devcon.com, 800-933-8266, Fast- and slow-cure and gel epoxies.
Loctite, loctiteproducts.com, 800-321-0253, Fast- and slow-cure and gel epoxies.
Super Glue, pacertech.com, 800-538-3091, Fast- and slow-cure and gel epoxies.
System Three Resins Inc., systemthree.com, 800-333-5514, Fast- and slow-cure and brushable epoxies and fillers.
West System, westsystem.com, 866-937-8797, Fast- and
Zap, pacertech.com, 800-538-3091, Fast- and slow-cure and brushable and gel epoxies.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker July 2005, issue #115.
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