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Old 04-22-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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What glue would work best to glue cork to the bottom of coasters? I was thinking spray glue. Any other suggestions? I am guessing they will just be used for display as they are part of my wedding order and she wanted 25 special coasters. There are no open cutouts, just the outline of Trinidad & St. Lucia. Thanks!!


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Tightbond III should work as well. I have had great success with it.
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Contact cement works as well. Our creative director covered one wall of his office with corkboard to hang covers up on (for books, magazines, etc.) He used contact cement. Apply the cement to both surfaces, allow it to dry, and then press them together. Just be careful! You only get one shot!

Contact cement sets up a lot faster than regular wood glue. I'd also be afraid of regular wood glue soaking onto the cork and making it a bit stiff.

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Betty, I would use a glue that is waterproof.
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Betty,. thanks for asking this quistion. for i also was wondering how to glue cork to a surfis. thanks Bob. contack cement. got it. your friend Evie
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That's a good question. You would think any of the suggestions would work. What I don't understand is that every (commercial) coaster we have that has a cork bottom, the cork is coming loose. You would think companies would have figured out how to keep it on.

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The coasters I made had alot of open cutouts, all I used was reguler super glue. I put a thin coat with a brush on the bottom side of the wood, then pressed them onto the sheet of cork, then trimmed the cork with a razor blade. Worked pretty good just make sure its a thin coat or it will soak through the cork.

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I once glued 1/8th inch thick cork to wood using regular titebond II , and as Bob said, it did get some real stiff spots where the glue was sucked up by the cork, but it did hold good.I was planning on using Aleens tacky glue, I think that stuff should be fine for it as well. Dale
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The glue should stand up to heat and moisture, so I'm not sure about wood glue, white glue, or contact cement. There's a superglue gel that's pretty versatile, not sure how it is with heat, however.

A couple of ideas that came to mind are silicone adhesives and also good old general-purpose 'cement'; you know, that old-fashioned stuff in the metal tube you want to keep away from in close quarters.
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I made some fretted coasters awhile back, and the spray adhesive I used didn't work at all. It came loose rather quickly, (within a few hours), so I used Titebond II, applied to the wood, ( to prevent it from showing through the frets), and it has held up for about a year or so, so far. I made 16 coasters this way and I never had any problem with the cork getting stiff. I guess the trick is not to overload the glue, (I was careful not to put too much because I didn't want there to be any squeeze-out between the frets.

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