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    Default Brass to wood glue?

    Hey all, I'm after info on a glue that will fix polished brass to wood. I'm turning small cylinders which will be bases for a hollow base brass fixture. I can make the tolerances precise enough that the brass needs to be pressed on to the base but would prefer to have the components glued together.
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    I have used epoxy (good 24 hr stuff, not 5min) after roughing up the brass for keying to the epoxy better ( brass and ironwood, and brass and flame she-oak). I am still using the wooden plane and cutting gauge and there is no evidence of failure. I think you could also use CA, have used this on wood but never used it between wood and brass - don't see why it wouldn't work.

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    I have made a couple of tools with brass faces from plans and they instruct you to use supper glue to hold it before you put in the fancy brass screws. I don't know whether the glue does the job and the screws are just for show or the screws do the work and the glue is just a temporary hold or just belt and braces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shedhand View Post
    Hey all, I'm after info on a glue that will fix polished brass to wood. I'm turning small cylinders which will be bases for a hollow base brass fixture. I can make the tolerances precise enough that the brass needs to be pressed on to the base but would prefer to have the components glued together.
    Thanks for any advice.
    Sheddie in the Shed
    Brass and timber is the typical pen maker's combination. So a bit of research in the pen makers area will tell you that most use either CA or epoxy, with equally good results.
    Note to self: Mallet wins over wrist every time.

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    If CA is super glue then I've bought and tossed hundreds of tubes over the years. It never sticks anything for me -not even my fingers. Its up there with Gladwrap as one of the most useless inventions ever- IMHO .
    Might try the epoxy. Can't use screws unfortunately.
    Thanks for the tips anyway.
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    Sheddie, the CA or super glue you have used - was it the good stuff?

    As the old Castrol ad used to say "Oil aint oils, Sol"

    Likewise with the super glues. The worst is from the $2 shops or other el-cheapo sources. The good stuff will cost but it will also work. [currently the prices in the 2010 C'tec catalog, p267 ranges from $20 - $24 per 80g bottle, I have also found the LokTite brand available from bearing services and possibly Blackwoods to be good also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shedhand View Post
    If CA is super glue then I've bought and tossed hundreds of tubes over the years. It never sticks anything for me -not even my fingers. Its up there with Gladwrap as one of the most useless inventions ever- IMHO .
    Might try the epoxy. Can't use screws unfortunately.
    Thanks for the tips anyway.
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    Yes, the stuff sold in little tubes can be a bit hit or miss, I've had the same sort of experience. Most pen makers buy it in little bottles available thru anyone who sells pen kits, it seems to be a much better quality product. Various grades (thin, med and thick), with different setting times. Not cheap, so if it's a one off, I'd likely stick (pun indended) with the epoxy.
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    Default A note from a penturner

    As others have said "Oils ain't oils". The best CA is from C'tec, Jim carroll, Gary Pye et al.

    If you don't want to buy so much in one go then Loctite is equally as good - if not better.

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    Ah, yes. I'd forgotten about Loctite- that's a good product from memory. Its not a one-off job, I'll be making hundreds of the things so maybe Epoxy is not the way. I'll give the Loctite a go. There'll be no pressure on the joint. The round brass fitting will sit over a 5mm rebate so I reckon the loctite might be the go.
    Cheers and thanks for the advice all.

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