View Full Version : TiteBond II for cold molding
10-25-2001, 01:39 PM
A few years ago there was an article in WB by a guy who built a cold molded boat for his wife using Titebond II (or something similar). The boat was finished off with glas and epoxy which he reasoned was sufficient to protect the Titebond. Has anyone heard of the the outcome, ie is it still floating?
10-26-2001, 12:13 AM
IIRC, the builder was John Guzzwell and the goo was unfamiliar. Certainly not Titebond .
Search the WB index.
10-26-2001, 11:12 AM
Although similar to tightbond, I believe it was a Borden product, and used a small amount of catalyst or reactor. The boat was sold in the Seattle area perhaps two(?) years ago for what I remember thinking was a lot of money for a small boat.
Thaddeus J. Van Gilder
10-26-2001, 11:23 AM
If a man can make a poplar planked boat last by coating it with epoxy, I see no reason that the same couldn't be done with a boat glued up with titebond.
10-26-2001, 11:45 AM
Remember, he built the boat for his wife........!
10-26-2001, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the update Conrad. It's a bit ambigous though. It was in good enough condition to bring a good price but was he dumping to avoid the long term liabilies. The short term advantages of his contruction method were obvious but I'm curious as to the long term advantages.
10-26-2001, 02:01 PM
Wonderbond, made in Oregon by the Borden company. Built the boat for his wife. Got to sail on it in Port Townsend. Pretty thing.
10-28-2001, 04:23 AM
i seem to recall reading john hartsock, who designed the cosine wherry, saying to lam up a cold-molded hull using a hot-melt glue gun, then finishing with glass/epoxy. apparently he is relying on the glass shell to provide most of the strength.
can't recall where i read it, though.
10-28-2001, 09:55 AM
I have used Titebond II for many woodworking projects. Worked great on several strip boats, but they spend most of the time on dry land, and are encapsulated. No failures. They don't recommend it's use below the water line. Also the working time might be a little short for cold moldeing.
10-28-2001, 04:57 PM
The biggest problem with Titebond or its ilk are not so much their "waterproofness" vs water resistance but their tendency to creep under load. Boat hulls and spars do too much flexing to tolerate this characteristic. Rick
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