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Old 09-02-2017, 07:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Glue is like chasing women- we all have our preferences. The use of 15 or 30 minute epoxy would be good when doing several pens at once. To me, it is a waste (even though glue is a cheaper part of penmaking) to mix up a batch of epoxy for one or two pens.
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Glue is like chasing women......

In my case, figuring out what type of glue to use on pen blanks was much easier.

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Getting to the age that choosing glue is much easier..........and cheaper.
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I have used all the above and have settled on System Three BarrelBond that I get from Woodcraft, but it's available other places. It's listed as a "5 Minute Gel Glue" but I can usually get 6-8 tubes glued and inserted before it starts to stiffen up. I have the blanks drilled and the tubes sanded (if needed) and beside the blank so that when the gel is mixed, I start inserting tubes. I've never had a failure with it.
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Old 09-03-2017, 05:59 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I tried using CA glue years ago and did not like the results so I have used epoxy ever since....UNTIL today when I decided to once again try CA glue. Again I found that the CA did not do a good job of filling in the area around the tube and hole drilled so I will go back to epoxy and never question again. Might have been my technique or the type of CA I use but I'll just stick with epoxy for now on.
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All I've ever use is CA glue for my pens, I've never had any issues using it. I buy my CA glue at the dollar store, it comes in a container with four small tubes inside. I use one small tube per pen, each small tube cost about .25 cents. In the past, I tried using Gorilla polyurethane expanding glue, that was nothing but a mess. And I'm very used to using Gorilla poly glue, I use three or four bottles of it a year to make plywood with. I also tried using epoxy, and I didn't have any issues using it. I found using the epoxy, just a bit friggy to use with the mixing of the two halves.
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Rubber CA is more expensive but I found some and used it a few times and did not have any problems with it. The rubber CA is not brittle like regular CA is. (I have also used rubber epoxy on brittle wood that has a tendency to crack.
Can you go in details in regards of that"rubber" types of glues, please? I am particularly interested in how well it will hold the blank during turning. Assuming that blanks is very hard material for example "true" stone, bone, horn, fossilized materials etc. Also which brand did you use.
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I did a search on Ebay for "rubber CA glue" and it came up. Wasn't as expensive as when I last bought some. Rubber Epoxy is black.

I bought quite a bit of rubber epoxy when I lived in Japan; it cured white. I found some here in the US after I returned - at either HD or Lower. I can't find it now. Here is a link to Amazon and it is now called "Flex Epoxy" and is used in boats for sealing.


West Systems has an epoxy called "G/Flex Epoxy". After reading about it, I did not see a reference to "flexing" but it gets rave reviews on Amazon.

These will hold during turning. They are not soft rubber epoxies or soft CA
rubber after curing. There is "some" flex to them but not soft. It will hold well. The flex is more or less shock absorbing and why I use it on brittle woods and bone/antler material that are subject to cracking. Heat and or humidity changes are rough on some material.

The CA and rubber/flex epoxy hold/stick well. AS to oily woods, after wiping out with acetone on a Q-Tip, it sticks fine.

I just checked: Exotic Blanks has the Epoxy CA in stock.
I really appreciate this info. Will grab Flex epoxy and try it. G/Flex is probably better for knife application than for pen turning.
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