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    I use a plain old disposable acid brush, but once you doctor it up just right you dread the day it finally wears out. Its not a big mystery or anything, but its easier to show than describe. I'll try to shoot a little video the next time I get to that operation.

    But you know, guys get so defensive when I tell them that their finger is a poor tool for spreading glue that they deserve to fuss with squeeze out till the cows come home. Just one of my little peeves.

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    P1050549.jpg I use cotton string method....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalkin View Post
    I use a plain old disposable acid brush, but once you doctor it up just right you dread the day it finally wears out. Its not a big mystery or anything, but its easier to show than describe. I'll try to shoot a little video the next time I get to that operation.

    But you know, guys get so defensive when I tell them that their finger is a poor tool for spreading glue that they deserve to fuss with squeeze out till the cows come home. Just one of my little peeves.

    I tend not to get too anal about these things, rather a little too much glue than not enough. Served me well for over forty years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalkin View Post
    I use a plain old disposable acid brush, but once you doctor it up just right you dread the day it finally wears out. Its not a big mystery or anything, but its easier to show than describe. I'll try to shoot a little video the next time I get to that operation.
    If i don't have to clean up glue squeeze out anymore, i'll change!- Ive heard pete uses a roller too whihc im also yet to try

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    Ive heard pete uses a roller too whihc im also yet to try
    This ^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerBill View Post
    How do you spread glue?
    I use the greatest and bestest glue spreading device ever invented: My right index finger (those of you strange people who might be left handed, use your left index finger). The best reason is that you can feel when you have the right amount of glue... As for squeeze out, there was an exhaustive thread on this earlier talking about "good squeeze out". Not a trivial subject by any means, but also not rocket science. What I like to see are those really, really tiny balls of glue along the joint. No more, no less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    I use the greatest and bestest glue spreading device ever invented: My right index finger (those of you strange people who might be left handed, use your left index finger). The best reason is that you can feel when you have the right amount of glue... As for squeeze out, there was an exhaustive thread on this earlier talking about "good squeeze out". Not a trivial subject by any means, but also not rocket science. What I like to see are those really, really tiny balls of glue along the joint. No more, no less.
    Every now and then (like the extra patch on the brace to prevent bellying) you come up with some good stuff that just makes us laugh.

    Its a good thing you post stuff like this in the Lounge where we know better. If you post it in Talk, they may actually take you serious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kekani View Post
    Every now and then (like the extra patch on the brace to prevent bellying) you come up with some good stuff that just makes us laugh.

    Its a good thing you post stuff like this in the Lounge where we know better. If you post it in Talk, they may actually take you serious!
    So what exactly made you the expert on gluing two pieces of wood together? Do tell us lesser mortals!
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    Not an expert Dennis, just enjoying the read of the thread. Sequoia has a sense of humor - you must've missed his "jaws bracing". Lots of effort went into that one. Kudos for sure.

    I've used fingers as well (still do for certain small things when I'm lazy), and had that glob of glue pile up on the side of my trash can, squeeze out that needed cleaning up, feeling the glue on the fingers and speeding up when it got crusty, and the tiny balls. I'm thinking many of us can relate. . .

    Personally, I got absolutely schooled by Pete and his roller for applying glue.
    Last edited by Kekani; 09-10-2017 at 12:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    If i don't have to clean up glue squeeze out anymore, i'll change!- Ive heard pete uses a roller too whihc im also yet to try
    The important part is getting the brush just right. Out of the box the bristles are too long and the touch too soft. Cut them too short and they sweep away all the glue. I buy Titebond by the quart and transfer some to a small squeeze bottle for use.

    Squeeze a puddle onto the neck block, then lay a bead on the rim half way around. If it tends to drip between the teeth of kerfed lining you are using too much glue. Semi-load the brush from the puddle on the neck block, then start on the rim, always brushing toward the interior of the instrument. As you pick up excess glue on the brush, put it on the opposite rim. If you run dry pick up more glue off the neck block. By the time you work around the wet half both edges of the rim should be covered. On a guitar this takes long enough that the lining may be sucking the water out of the glue, so with a semi-loaded brush go around the rims quickly to renew the sheen of the glue. Lastly, run a finger around the neck block to remove the glue on the edges, then clamp on the plate as quickly as possible. Using my press I can clamp down the plate in a few seconds. What I expect to see is no squeeze out on the inside but a string of glue pearls on the outside.

    I forgot to mention that before the glue up I use a scrap of 220 grit paper to break the inside edges of the lining. That little round over is enough to hide a skosh of squeeze out.

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