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How important is it to unclamp after glue sets?

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Does it even matter? I generally use Titebond II for all kinds of wood, mostly edge gluing. Do you usually leave the clamps on for the full 24 hours even though it sets after 30 minutes? Is it necessary for the glue to dry without the pressure of the clamps?

Just wondering. I sometimes glue up and clamp and then forget about it until the next day.

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I always leave mine in the clamps as long as possible, especially on a joint that's under stress even though the bottle says "clamp for 30 minutes". I've never had a joint failure when jointed properly and clamped over night. ;) bill


The only critical factor that I am aware of it that the clamps generally should be removed before any attempt is made to use the object.


Very critical. Try not to poke your eye out.

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