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  1. #1
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    Default question on glue for langstroth bodies

    it appears i have used the wrong type of glue, elmers interior, for putting langstroth bodies together. what problems may that cause?

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Hello: Im a construction teacher/bee keeper up in Canada and interior glue will work but will dissolve once it gets wet for a while. If you protect the outside joints you may not have a problem. Titebond III is the way to go for best glue you can use. Good luck. Ben

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Titebond II or III and 2" staples.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    First, as bski said you sould be fine as long as it is sealed from the elements.
    Second, get your eye presription checked. lol
    Titebond II or III exterior is the way to go.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Paint will help, but I would just make sure you back up the joinery with nails in both directions(on each corner)...it will be fine even when/if the glue lets go.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Titebond II or III and 2" staples.
    Exactly!
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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by bwisniewski View Post
    interior glue will work but will dissolve once it gets wet for a while.
    What about "Elmers Interior And Exterior" wood glue?

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    I make my own boxes with rabbet joints, and I glue and cross-nail the joints.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Any glue will hold better than no glue, and most people us no glue... use the exterior next time, and don't worry about this time...
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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Prior to WWII the only option for glue was hide glue, and it's useless when it gets wet. Cross nail and all will be well -- if you are a belt and suspenders type, use drywall screws instead (but pre-drill!).

    Titebond III is the best, but any glue that does not melt when wet will work (meaning carpenter's glue). Only thing that would be a real problem is white glue. I use that to glue wine bottle labels on since they come off after a couple minutes in hot water.

    Peter

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    I use titebond III on everything and screws on all my boxes. It slows me down when I'm building but it makes a box that won't come apart!

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    What about "Elmers Interior And Exterior" wood glue?
    Exterior glue can be used for internal use. but not the other way around. Elmers adds the additional internal to the description for the abundant population that cannot seem to figure this out on their own.
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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Have used Elmers carpenter glue ( interior) on all my boxes well painted and never had a box come apart in 12 years also have some boxes I never glued and they haven't come apart in 12 years. Had some glued frames left out in the rain and they did come apart. Use what ya got.
    Im really not that serious

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    We use Titebond and 2" coated screws.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    The most I'd do now is send three 2" self tapping deck screws in each corner, two one way, one the other. They'll never work themselves out and the other nails will do the rest. I doubt you'll even need that.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    I like to go overboard 2" galvanized screws in each finger of joints both side + titebond III. I also drilled and countersunk all the screws. Takes for ever on each box but it looks good
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 02-18-2013 at 01:56 PM.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    i also use titebond III and i use 2" exterior decking screws on every finger

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    Gorilla Glue (a little dab will do ya) and nails or screws.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    I've used tome titebolnd II, titebond III, and gorilla glue. None of mine have any time outside in the weather yet, but as far as glues go, I don't care for how runny the Titebond III is. the II was easier to work with.

    My overall preference is for the gorilla glue. I like the expansive nature of it.

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    Default Re: question on glue for langstroth bodies

    i never know what to use soo i shoot a staple in each finger joint as well as a brad nail. all on both sides. i also use elmers and titebond II and III. then i finish up the corners with that drywall cornering metal which is screwed in with redhead coated screws. i cant seem to keep bees but man those boxes are rock solid !!!!!!!!!!!

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