Gluing in cold weather

It seems every time I decided to make another schooner or sloop it happened over winter.Winter in my neck of the woods (S.E. Australia) means early morning frosts until 8 am followed by a rise in air temp from 8 -12C We only get snow 2 or 3 times a century and that is only a short lived dusting.

But with building these plywood boats it means rugging up and if you can, heating up your workshop to  a tolerable level.

I have small reverse cycle Air con which eventually raises the room temp but up to 15C, but being a heat pump, takes it time.

As epoxy is the glue we use more often it , like me, is reluctant to get up and going. I have a narrow ledge just out in front of the AC and it keeps the 5 min epoxy and summer viscosity.  If it isn’t at that stage I hit the A/B mix with the heat gun on low until it is a lot thinner. This also means it will cure faster but I think it may slightly weaken the bond, not that I have had any problems.  For mixing very small amounts I use satay bamboo sticks, of various thicknesses, but also cocktail picks for very small applications.

Epoxy cleans up with metho  (denatured alcohol ) if you get at it while still uncured. hobby King has three thicknesses, I mainly use the thin. In cold whether Superglue is super slow in activating and so I use  a kicker to accelerate the process.   It only needs the tiniest dab to set it smoking.

Insta-Set comes in two sizes but the spray bottle is very wasteful , but if you just want the smaller bottle apply out of the bottle with a thin piece of wire, that is all it takes. doesn’t need a drop, even, just a light wetting in one spot and off it goes! As it “kicks” it gives off a vapour, best to avoid that even though it is supposedly strawberry flavoured!

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These are just some of my usage methods and a few observations. If you can offer some corrections and /or additional ideas and processes, please do so

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