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Old 01-27-2020, 02:37 PM   #1
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We had a church pew in a storage unit we just got out and the moisture/heat/cold/humidity combined to split the wood in several places.

Any suggestions on how best to handle to fix or minimize the splitting? I think we can get ratchet straps around the affected areas. Do we do it now or let it acclimate to the house temp? Do we use a wood glue or other?

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Old 01-27-2020, 02:38 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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Gorilla glue is the strongest I know of. Follow directions on the bottle, but it's strongest if you wet the areas of wood it will adhere to. You will definitely need to be carefull about getting it on areas you don't want it, and clamp it up for 36 hrs for best results.
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Gorilla glue would be best, but even plain glue would work fine if you were to clamp it for a few days.
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That should glue up nice! Use another strap/clamp up higher, as well.
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Old 01-27-2020, 02:47 PM   #6
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Everyone needs at least 6 of these.....

https://www.lowes.com/pd/IRWIN-QUICK...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 01-27-2020, 02:50 PM   #7
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Everyone needs at least 6 of these.....

https://www.lowes.com/pd/IRWIN-QUICK...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
in each size! You can't have enough. Stock up when there are sales around the holidays, but they are worth every penny..
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Thanks Dale and Bob! I've got a few of those clamps so we'll make it work.

It was pretty humid in that storage unit. Think it needs to sit a while first?
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You can also use a syringe, without the needle on it, to get down in the cracks good.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:06 PM   #10
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I would use wood glue over gorilla glue. Easy to work with and can be sanded if needed. Even a bit of touch up stain if needed.

Gorilla glue i always use too much and foams too much and makes a mess. Wood glue you just wipe away.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:16 PM   #11
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Looks like a butt joint failed.
That should be easy to fix.
I like Titebond wood glue. Get the ultimate formula 8 to 10 minutes working time.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:20 PM   #12
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Titebond 3 Will do the trick and be easier to work with and less messy than gorilla glue
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:21 PM   #13
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Thanks Dale and Bob! I've got a few of those clamps so we'll make it work.

It was pretty humid in that storage unit. Think it needs to sit a while first?
Wouldn't hurt, but I can't think of any reason not to do it whenever you're ready. Looks like it's in the house now, I'm sure it's ready. They recommend 24hrs for wood/lam flooring...I would think something old would be fine sooner.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:47 PM   #14
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Great...thanks fellas.

My wife asked me if I was calling someone today to figure out what to do. I said "nope...gonna post it on TBH". She said "oh yeah...great idea".
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:52 PM   #15
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Titebond 3 Will do the trick and be easier to work with and less messy than gorilla glue
This and a bar clamp! Glue it, clamp it and wipe it!
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:56 PM   #16
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Another vote for Titebond. Plenty strong and easy cleanup.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:33 PM   #17
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Titebond wood glue.

long grain to long grain gluing is as strong as it get some claims are that it is stronger than the wood itself.

Wood glue can be sanded and stained unlike gorilla glue no hes for gorilla glue.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:43 PM   #18
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I would let it adjust to the house humidity for a week or two.
You can use Titebond 2, TB3 is good, has longer working time and better water resistant than TB2, but wouldn't really be a benefit in this application.
See if you can kinda clean out the joint prior to gluing.
Glue, clamp, wipe up excess glue with damp rag.

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Old 01-27-2020, 04:53 PM   #19
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You can use a shop vac to suck a little glue into the tiny parts of the cracks or use canned air to blow it in. I would use Titebond and clamp the heck out of it. I had a chair do the same thing.
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