wooden structures

justind Oct 12, 2001

  1. justind

    justind TrainBoard Member

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    Hello all, I am getting ready to assemble my first wooden structures and was interested in hearing suggestions on the glues/adhesives recommended for the task.
     
  2. ncng

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    I've always used plain white glue. It is very forgiving. I have several building I built 30 years ago that are still holding together with no signs of failure. I compare that to some that I used Walthers' Goo on that fell apart after a few years.
     
  3. Mark_Athay

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    I'll second the white glue.

    I recently built a small house using card stock and some cut up wood from the local craft store for a doll house. Made the house out of card stock, laid the card stock flat, glued the irregular narrow slats vertically to the card stock. Folded it back up and glued the card stock together, and finished it off with some water colors from my 4 year old's set. Added the roof and it's quite realistic. I figure the white glue should work fine as long as it stays indoors.

    If you want to have the structure outdoors, you'll want to investigate a waterproof glue.

    Mark.
     
  4. Drew

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    I use a product my mother and grandmother introduced to me a few years ago. It's called Aleen's Original Tacky Glue. It's basically just a thick white glue and I highly recommend it. I purchase my bottles from a Jo-Ann Fabrics store in my local shopping center (they always ask how I'm going to use what I'm purchasing on my model railroad since I'm the only male shopper thay have). I'm going to try to include a photo of a structure I'm building with this post, it's a coal dealer following Chuck Yungkurth's 1971 RMC article.

    The structure is made of illustration board witha stripwood veneer. I stained each piece of stripwood before I applied it to the basic structure. The signs were a bit more difficult to make, but if anyone wants to know how I do them I'll post a short article on that.

    Drew

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  5. JosephFerris

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    Drew,

    Your site won't let me look at the picture. Throws up a message saying that the site does not allow downloading.

    Joseph
     
  6. 7600EM_1

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    I use yellow glue :D Elmers Wood Glue! Can't beat it and its no different then the white glue only its stickier then white glue and is as forgiving so... And when your using wood what better glue then real wood glue? :D Works for me and does a fine job! I've never had any trouble with it!

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  7. Benny

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    Let us remember that wood glue is also perhaps the LEAST forgiving when it comes to dimantling something later...at compared to some plastic glues.
     
  8. rhensley_anderson

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    Yellow carpenter's glue is VERY unforgiving if you need to dismantle, but if that doesn't matter, then it is quite good.

    Myself, I use white glue or Sobo craft glue when I can get it. Sobo is a white tyoe of glue, but remains slightly flexible which can allow the structure to take a certain amount of rough handling like when the cats have a fight on the layout.

    Roger

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  9. Mike C

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    Its also helpful to prestain the stripwood. If you get glue on the un stained wood it wont take stain later on......Mike
     
  10. 7600EM_1

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    See guys thats my thing.... I make sure once I start to build a structure thats exactly how I want it. I don't do alot of dismantling! So... Not of structures anyway! I do however "add on" to them.. but no dismantling... I didn't mention that and I know that yellow wood glue makes that hard so..... But I failed to say I don't dismantle them! :D I just add on to the existing structure! And if the structure becomes one that would need dismantled I don't! I pull it off the layout and sell it and all and build another to fit the area on the upgrading the layout and if a building would be in an area that it fits before the upgrade or addtion and after its done and won't fit I sell it and build another to fit... :D

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  11. Gil Finn

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    SCHOOL GLUE


    I have now found there are some applications that i like to use school glue on, that is white water soluable glue. That way I can go back and remove stuff with out tearing it up.

    An example is sceenery like trees and lamp posts.
    Once removed it is easy to soak all the glue and other material that may be stuck to the base.

    Get your glue in bulk like at a school suppy store so you will always have it on hand.

    Plain Elmers white or yellow carpenders glue as those above more knowledgable then I have suggested, is good for all other uses.

    Steve aka Gil Finn :^)
     
  12. Drew

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    Okay, I got the image to load in my post. Take a look and see what you think.

    Drew
     
  13. 7600EM_1

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    Drew,
    lookin good.... One thing though... Your roof is gonna leak really bad! hehehe :D Nice job so far!

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  14. Drew

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    John,
    Still working on the roof and back side. The most difficult part will be constructing the base as it is a bunch of open supports like a dock over water. I may use styrene on the base just so I can "weld" everything together.

    Drew
     
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    Drew,
    That may be an idea being to make it from wood will be challenging! And also the "weld" on the plastic is easier to make sturdy and true with the ground where you place it... In ways plastic is good for a foundation or as your doing the leg supports. Wood is harder to make sturdy and so on in that way....

    On it though. I like the way you put the "billboard" sign on the side thier.. Did you use decals or dry transfers or what???? It sure does look sharp!

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