Is it OK to use C/A super glue inside. I have LOTS left over from my wood working and it would be a lot easier than nails to use putting frames together.
Zookeep, do I understand this right...you put a staple in each corner of the frame to hold the pieces together at the beginning of assembly and then come back with two nails in each corner? Do you shoot a nail or staple through the end bar and into the top bar? I use 1" staples but did not have good luck on stapling the grooved bottom bars on so I attach each end of them using two 1" frame nails by hand and hammer.I use tite bond also and 4 staples then 8-18 gauge nails, 2 in each corner, takes more time but worth the effort in the long run when trying to pry that frame out of all that bee glue :lol:
Gel super glue with activator works fine and is easy.The super glue or CA, as it is sometimes called, will definitely hold the wood together without nails as long as it "kicks off" properly. The wood will tear apart before the glue gives. It also needs a very flush mating of two surfaces to work the best, though there is a gel-type super glue now that might do a little gap filling. I have no idea about whether it's "food safe" or not, though. As nasty as the vapor is when it kicks off it makes me hesitant to say it's safe, but... ????
There's something else about using CA for frames. You're going to have to be sure the frame is tight and square before the CA kicks...that might get to be an interesting chore. I find myself nudging the frames a little more into square after I've glued (TBIII) and stapled/nailed (I use nails on the bottom bars)...a slower acting glue allows me leeway to do this easily.
But, from what I read in your original post you have a good amount of CA (it's not cheap) and you are more interested in the health aspects of using CA rather than the construction aspects of using it, correct? Seriously, if a situation did not call for CA I would try to avoid it due to the possibility of acquiring an allergy to it or coming down with a CA flu. It's been a few years since I used it so they may have changed it's formula to be more "health friendly"....Titebond III and nails have never made me feel like I might be getting sick from smelling the vapors.
Sorry for rattling on...