Does anybody have a good idea for removing glue from the clamps after a glue-up? I am always onto the next process, and forget it.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

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I use a scraper, HOWEVER, using blue painters tape on the bars before gluing up is by far more preferable.


Some folks lay wax paper of their clamps to prevent most of the glue from getting on the clamps. Like your projects, it works best to remove excess glue before it drys completely but when it’s still in a rubbery state.

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I am cool with that, now I have a bunch of glue on the posts. I will try my mapp torch.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

If you use hot hide glue (indoor projects only) you can clean them up with warm water, even after the glue is dry. I do believe like the others that it is easier to prevent glue getting on them in the first place though.

Mike, an American living in Norway

I am tempted to say vinegar but I use my knife to trremove it.
I did wax some of my bessy with mixed result.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Mike, you are starting to sound like a reformed smoker……
or me. ……. :-)
I use hot water like Mike when my hide glue needs cleanup but when I used to use other glues I found that a sharp whack with a hammer usually removed the blobs.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I stopped buying Bessey clamps b/c I couldn’t ever get glue out of the serrations on the clamp bar; have most Jorgensen clamps that are smooth and easy to chip the glue off with a scraper.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

you’re supposed to remove the glue? well that fixes a lot of my problems.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Wolf: You are such a smart ass : ))

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

I use a heat gun and a putty knife. It works well. If you wax your clamps the glue won’t adhere and will just pop off. I learned this the hard way, now I always wax new clamps before putting them to use.

Bondo Gaposis

Fit a scotch brite belt to your linisher and give them a hit.
It removes and casting irregularities and smoothes the surface, hence removing the glue too.
Dont forget to preserve the surface before putting them away.

Regards Rob