I wanted to build some curved, laminated treated posts for my arbor. So I went to the lumberyard to buy 1x6s for the project. The only ones they had were still pretty wet from the treatment process, but man, were they flexible. I thought they’d make the bending during the glue-up much easier. Since I was using Titebond III, which is formulated for wet environments, I thought everything would be fine. Nope. After they had been in the form for several hours, I took off the clamps only to watch the laminations fly apart like a watch spring! Tried it again with dry wood, no problem. Good lesson. — Travis Larson, Senior Editor
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Next time try Gorilla Glue, it requires the surfaces to be dampened to activate. I used it to build a firewood rack out of pressure treated wood. As the wood was already pretty damp, I didn't wet it. There was enough moisture in the wood to make it activate. Worked great!
how would it have worked had you used gorilla glue which requires the surfaces to be moist?
In a college wood shop course, I once made J shaped coat hooks from oak laminate. We soaked the laminate until it was very plyable, then slathered it in glue and laminated it around a form. Clamped in place, it was then left to dry. Completely dry, it came off the form rough shaped and ready for tooling and finishing. I don't see why that wouldn't work on a larger scale, like you were trying here, but you'd have to wait (weeks? months? years?) for the wood and glue to completely dry before removing it from your forms.
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