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Acetone and rosewood joints 

Hello All,

I have heard for years of the practice of wiping a rosewood joint with acetone just prior to applying the glue. The object of course is to clear away oily resin so that the glue sticks better.

I occasionally have a joint failure between Spanish cedar back linings and tentellones, and the insides of rosewood sides, using hide glue. I'm tempted to try the acetone treatment. Anybody have experience with it?


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RE: Acetone and rosewood joints (in reply to NorCalluthier

In adavance, I have not tried.
My suggestion is to keep warm the tendellones and to use a thicker hh glue for the purpose.
The reason behind the treatment of some rosewoods with acetone is more about to wipe away the superficial oils: some species of rosewoods like grenadillo (to quote a name) tend to have that superficial oil patina which would make otherwise impossible a good joint.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 31 2018 4:26:17
Tom Blackshear


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RE: Acetone and rosewood joints (in reply to NorCalluthier

Art Overholtzer used to soak his rosewood to remove the resin. I just use solid lining and white glue for things I don't want to come apart.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 31 2018 10:11:59
David LaPlante


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RE: Acetone and rosewood joints (in reply to NorCalluthier

Yes, Overholtzer kind of over-thought this (as he did other aspects of building). I've not found any need for this, especially with modern glues.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jun. 28 2019 16:56:19
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