Last night, I went to glue up a drawer, and one of my Bessey K clamps wouldn’t open up very far. Upon checking, I saw glue drips on the sides of the bar as well as on the grooves. It really got stuck there. I tried to take it off with my thumb nail. No luck. I scraped with a knife, and it did not come off easy. I use Titebond III glue.
Today, I called the Bessey customer service number and talked to a person who told me that that is the question that he gets most often. He said that the solution is to keep the glue from drying hard. Get it off soon. He recommends waxing the metal rod also.
I asked him about removing the hardened glue that is already on there. He said that people use wire brushes on a drill, and other method, but he really stressed the part on keeping it off.
In the future, I will be quite careful.
Meanwhile, have any of you figured out how to get hardened glue off your Bessey K clamps?
I heard from someone who uses Titebond I and says that it peels right off.
Any other suggestions?
I wish that there had been a notice about this on the clamps when I bought them.
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