Hi David! It could be that the white glue wasn't applied heavily enough if it came loose. Also could be that the wrong size spline was used (too narrow).
I've always used Elmer's white glue for machine cane, and I've never had a problem with it. Larry is a "heavy glue-er," and I'm a much lighter glue-er, but we've not had a problem with seats that either of us has done.
My wood-worker tells me that the only difference between Elmer's white glue and Elmer's yellow (carpenter's) glue is the drying time. White glue dries faster. He uses all kinds of glues, so I'm guessing he knows where-of he speaks.
One of the wonderful things about reading this forum is the variety of suggestions that come forth. On the subject of machine cane and glue, I buy and use carpenter's wood glue on all machine cane. I ... more
I'm one of those people that likes using Hide glue. I use it when I do veneer jobs. I also like using it when I'm doing a restoration job for customers it is an option they have. I also use white... more
Re: machine cane & glue chrperson,Tue May 15 11:37am
David, the concern with carpenters glue is in the difficulty in removing it years down the line. If you look at comparative strength data available on line you find that the white glue is actually a... more
Q: Is my bottle of glue still good? A? Looking at that bottle of glue wondering if it's still any good? Picking up one in the store and looking for a fresh one? I suppose it's way too complex to just ... more
Larry, Thank you for posting this information, (and with humor) I guess I may have done a lot of chairs during the winters that may have questionable glue jobs. Will keep fingers crossed. Randy Randy ... more
This thread is very helpful as I work on my first machine cane seat. The chair belonged to the gramma of a colleague at work. I inherited a few bottles of Ol' Yeller quick set (white) glue from a... more