Shop Safety Learn our simple tips for dealing with flammable furniture finishing materials and put a lit on workshop fires.
By its very nature, woodworking is a somewhat dangerous hobby—and it's not just about the sharp bits and blades.
Most of the finishing supplies we use on a daily basis are highly flammable, and disposing of oily rags and old jars of finish involves more than just tossing those items into a trash can (don't ever do that).
Problems with errant glue can be grouped under three headings:
avoiding glue squeeze-out in the first place; planning for squeeze out; and removing glue when it does squeeze out.
Woodworkers have access to all sorts of modern and traditional adhesives, but for the purpose of this article I'll deal with the most common glue, polyvinyl acetate (PVA), also known as aliphatic resin, which comes in white and yellow forms.