Biscuit joints

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Old 02-18-21, 02:49 PM
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Biscuit joints

Finally got back to my grandson's house to work on his kitchen. I had 4 joints to secure with biscuits BUT I forgot to bring wood glue so I used liquid nail instead. Should I expect any problems with those joints or will liquid nail be as or almost as good?
 
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Old 02-18-21, 04:06 PM
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Good carpenters wood glue is as strong, if not stronger, than the wood itself, construction adhesive, maybe, maybe not!
 
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Biscuits also rely on the water content of glue to swell up. The solvent in Liquid nails may not be water-based and may not cause the biscuits to swell.
 
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Old 02-19-21, 08:27 AM
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I used the waterbased liquid nail but I know it's not as watery as wood glue. I know the biscuit swelling is part of how they work. I'm hoping the liquid nail will be good enough.
 
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Where are the joints? Face frame? What force on the joint? If they are not for a critical structural element (not sure I would use biscuits alone there any way) they should be fine. How big a problem if they fail over time and need to be repaired/replaced? Any way to add to the joint without showing (glue a gusset on the back)?
 
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It's on the face frame, I suppose I could attach wood behind it for added support. It will probably be a couple weeks before I go over there again.
 
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Sounds like it should be OK and you have a solution if it is not.

I watched several YouTube videos last week about fixing "mistakes" in woodworking. Realized that woodworking is not a perfect science and that mistakes can be fixed and still be satisfying.
 
 

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