CA glues are such a handy thing in the workshop, I can't imagine ever being without it because it can just solve so many things in the workshop, like clamping, repairing furniture, fixing tools and even filling cracks and knotholes ... the stuff is like another woodworking tool on its own.

For some users, it's wise to use "Nitrile" gloves when working with CA Glues,  especially the thin version because it dries very quickly and you don't want your glue-up to be sticking to your fingers. 

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Gluing Magnets Accessories
There are all sorts of shapes and sizes of very strong magnets available to us and I often use them for a variety of uses. One of my most common uses is to attach a tool or accessory right to the woodworking machine it is to be used with. This way I always know where it is and it's quick and handy to use. Such was the case with a recent accessory knob that I made for my oscillating sander. The knob helps me remove the hold-down nut, which can get very hot during use and sometimes it can get jammed on to the threaded stud which then needs pliers to loosen. This handy knob now resides right on the sander so I always know where it is.


Flashlight & Contact Repairs
It seems like every time I pick up a flashlight, it doesn't work, and with the new LED flashlights that use even more batteries, having a connection that gets corroded is even more common. Recently I have been touch up these hard-to-get-at contacts by simply gluing a fine grit piece of sandpaper to the end of a pencil. It allows me to get into tight corners, give a couple of gentle swipes of the contacts and the corrosion is gone and the flashlight is back to full life again.

Furniture Repairs / Chair Rungs / Arms / Spindles
It's common to have parts of furniture come loose, particularly chair parts with spindles, rungs, and arms. The problem arises when these items are made, that sometimes the wood is not as dry is it should be, and as the wood dries once it comes into someone's house, the chair rungs can dry a bit more and shrink, leaving a loose connection. Often it is only one or two that come loose so rather than disassembling the chair and re-gluing, it is often easier to simply re-glue the loose rung using a thick CA Glue. For this, it's probably best to NOT use an accelerator and allow the glue to dry naturally, that way you will have a little bit of time to make some last-minute adjustments inserting the parts, then allow the glue to dry and harden overnight.

Clamping / Quick Hold Solutions
CA glue can often be used like a clamp or even another pair of hands for holding things. I have watched boat builders using CA glue to quickly attach parts of a boat that are hard to get at and impossible to clamp, by simply applying a marine glue to their parts, then using a couple of dabs of CA glue, with an accelerator, to lock the parts together while the marine glue takes it's time to dry and harden. 
There are many, many uses of CA glues for these kinds of applications. 

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I always have a small stock of fresh CA glue around ... and often use the Black version for filling knot holes and cracks in wood for a strong, instant fix.

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