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Glue squeeze-out is actually a good thing. A few tiny droplets let you know you have enough glue in the joint. I'd be worried if I DIDN'T have any squeeze-out. But if you don't clean it all up, it will show once you apply finish. So, when’s the best time to clean up your squeeze-out most effectively?


Some people like to use a wet sponge to wipe it off immediately. I'm against that, because water may dilute the glue, and even though you may think you got it all, you may actually be spreading it or even forcing it deeper into the fibers, making things worse. I know some of you will say "I've used a wet rag for years and it works just fine!" I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm just saying you must be really thorough. And in my opinion, it's not worth the risk when there's an easier way.


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I prefer to let the glue set up for about fifteen minutes, or so. Then I use a scraper or a dull chisel to scrape away the bulk of it, which should be gooey at this point. Don't wait until it's hard, or you may pull up wood fibers with the glue. You don't want to do that, so get it when it's gooey. What's left behind is a thin film on the very surface of the wood rather than down in the fibers. And it can be removed by a pass or two with a clean scraper.


Another glue up tip: I like is use a silicone mat to keep the squeeze-out off my benchtop. Dry glue will peel right off the mat. You can get these mats from a couple different companies. I like to have two 18X24 mats, so I can lay them side-by-side for larger glue-ups

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