Friday, April 24, 2009

Be Careful with CA Glue!

I've been working the past couple of days on getting more stopper tops through the final glue stage so I can turn them on the lathe. Most wood glues that I use in furniture (titebond II typically) takes a couple hours to cure before being ready to continue working with the piece. I can't use this type of glue while working on the bottle stoppers or else I'd still be working on the first one! I use Cyanoacrylate... typically referred to as CA. It's basically like super glue and it bonds within seconds.

While working last Wednesday night, I had this short, but very real fear that I'd glued my thumbs together! I went to set down the piece I had just glued up and my thumbs were stuck together. I breifly pictured how it would go down if I had to go upstairs and wake up my wife for help (I pictured a lot of laughing). Not wanting to have to make that journey, I was able to pull my thumbs apart. Thankfully it was just a drop of CA and I didn't have to tear any skin in the seperation process.

It's not just tools with blades that require respect and careful use!


Jenn said...

There would have been some laughing but humility is good for you :)

Anonymous said...

Acetone, lacquer thinner, or MEK all are great CA solvents, though you will need to apply lotion after using any of them, they seriously dry the skin.

Darryl Masterson said...

thanks for the heads up, I do have some acetone handy! Hopefuuly I won't need it though!

Anonymous said...

The fumes from CA are dangerous. For example, one time I was using lots of CA to glue up a model airplane. As I was looking down at the work I blinked my eyes and one of them stuck shut. Took awhile for the glue to break down before I was able to open that eye. Also, another time I got a severe body rash that may have been from using CA and/or Epoxy.

Always have plenty of fresh air ventilation when working with this stuff.