Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Woodturning about compromising, there is no one glue that meets 100% of our needs. Glue failure has nothing to do with skill level, we all get them some times. Knowing why and what to do after a glue failure what separates beginners from experienced turners.
Over at IAP have folks that won’t switch from CA and those that swear by Epoxy or Polyurethane. Whatever works making you successful important everything else does not matter.
My experience, CA glue not great at gap filling for either wood or acrylic pen blanks. You need 100% contact for strong joint, less than 100% contact weak joint. Weak CA glue ups equals glue failure. No, have not tried rubberized CA and don’t plan on buying any.
Epoxy cures under a wider range of temperatures and moisture content than other glues, does not require pressure while curing, and has good gap-filling properties. Epoxy available locally, modest cost, and 100% success rate is my go to glue for pens. Same is true for polyurethane, never had a tube come out of a blank while curing and 100% success rate.