Best 'how to' undo a glue mistake?


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Old 11-10-15, 04:24 AM
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Best 'how to' undo a glue mistake?

A decorative tissue box holder fell off the table and the top came loose. A very simple wood glue repair. Only after doing so, my wife advised that I'd glued the wrong edge and now had glued the top shut ;-)!

Fortunately, the top was slightly warped, the glued edge narrow, so the amount of simple wood glue was not much.

So, how best to separate the two pieces?

I would take a knife (or more likely a hack saw blade) and sort of saw open the two pieces starting at one end that's open and then use sandpaper to remove the glue from both edges. But before I started I thought I check here and see if someone has a better idea?

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Old 11-10-15, 04:29 AM
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I was thinking work on it with a utility knife blade; sharper and thinner than most knife blades.
 
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Heat a little olive oil & put a few drops, on the glue.
 
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Old 11-10-15, 04:50 AM
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The utility knife does sound better and the more I think of the hacksaw blade I'm thinking I could easily go off course and mess something up.

The olive oil could be a problem with the aesthetic wood covering. My image was too large to post with the message.

Thanks,

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If you have an eye dropper, you'll be able to control the oil so it won't make a mess. Post the image on photobucket.com
 
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My image was too large
Check out this recent thread for tips:
http://www.doityourself.com/forum/ge...c-loading.html
 
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Old 11-10-15, 07:48 AM
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Thanks, but the joining that forum, posting and re-posting here just isn't worth the effort 'in this instance'.

If you saw the image you would be hard pressed to see the glued joint, it's that tight at the point of connection. The leather covered wood is only mm's adjacent to the bare wood edge that's glued.

I'm going with the utility knife. It will take longer but no risk.

Thanks,

Mark
 
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Old 11-11-15, 07:56 AM
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Using the suggested utility knife, it literally took less than 2 minutes to release the two glued pieces (remember the 'top' was warped so there wasn't a long contact area + the glue strip was very narrow).

I used the knife to 'pop' off the glue from each face and carefully scraped off the remaining--all of which took maybe another 5 minutes.

Now I'll glue the correct side and my wife will be pleased.

Thanks again for all your assistance!

Mark
 
 

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