I glued two boards together and sanded them down in preparation for staining. I paid particular attention to the joint to be sure to get all of the glue off the surface of the wood. I checked real close and could not see any glue remaining. When I stained the wood in several places along the seam the stain did not take because of glue remaining. Is there a way to tell if all of the glue has been removed before actually applying the stain? Also are there any glues out there that will take a stain? I used Elmer's WoodGlue Max because it said it was "Stainable". What a crock that is. It clearly does not take stain. Appreciate your thoughts.
first, you might be using too much glue, and when you clamp the joint, the glue oozes out, so you quickly wipe it off with a wet or damp rag "WRONG", By wiping the excess glue when it is still wet, you make it easy for it to penetrate the surface. If you have glue squeeze out, the best thing you can do is to let it set up then scrape it off with a sharp chisel, then sand. You can check for any remaining glue by wiping the joint with mineral spirits, the glue will show up and you can sand it off. Or, you can buy a special light that displays the glue. I'll check my catalogs later and repost where you can get it, but if you just cut down on the amount of glue you use, you wont have any problems. If you are staining the wood to a darker color, you can buy colored glue that will blend in with the area
You know you are using the correct amount of glue is when you clamp it, a tiny line of glue escapes the joint. It'll look like you just nicked yourself with a razor
Also , don't over tighten the clamps or you will starve the joint
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