Boat build glue question

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Boat build glue question

Postby joe4800 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:17 am

I went to Lowe's the other day and I saw they had Titebond 3 wood glue its Waterproof water resistance can I use this in my boat build
or should I use marine grade Epoxy for glueing my frames together I was planning in using Titebond 3 for my hole boat build of so what's the best to use
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Re: Boat build glue question

Postby billy c » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:31 am

if you are immaculate in your joinery problem
for the rest of us with less than that ...epoxy fills the gaps
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Re: Boat build glue question

Postby BarnacleMike » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:50 am

Joe, I would definitely recommend using a marine grade epoxy. The stuff is made specifically for this type of work.

You basically have two thicknesses to choose from: "Normal" and "Gel."

The "Normal" thickness is used mostly to encapsulate the wood, and also when applying fiberglass cloth to the hull. Glen-L "Poxy Shield" epoxy or System Three "Silvertip" epoxy both fit into this category.

The "Gel" thickness is used for gluing parts together (frame parts, chine-to-frame, planking-to-frame, etc). The thickness helps to fill in any gaps between your mating wood parts, resulting in a stronger bond. Glen-L "Poxy Grip" epoxy and System Three "Gel Magic" epoxy both fit into this category.

All of these epoxies that I've mentioned are available from Glen-L.

You can also thicken "Normal" epoxy by adding stuff to it such as wood flour (a.k.a. sawdust) or silica. These thickening agents will make the epoxy thicker, so that you can use it to glue parts together and fill in gaps like I mentioned above.

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Re: Boat build glue question

Postby jcallends » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:06 am

There's a world of difference between WATERPROOF and WATER IMMERSION. If you go to TITEBOND'S web page, Franklin Glue Co. Columbus, Ohio, you will find that they do not recommend any of their glues for water immersion.

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