Edgebanding Glue Fumes

      Cabinetmakers who don't like that smell, or the health worries, have rigged up small exhaust fans to clear out the fumes. June 23, 2006

Question
I've just finished edgebanding another kitchen and it's got me wondering about the fumes produced by the pre-glued veneer edgeband. My feeling in general is fumes by their nature can't be good. But does anyone know what's actually in them? Should we be concerned about ventilation when applying this type of banding? I don't feel like they are overwhelming or anything, just wondering about the cumulative effect over time.

Forum Responses
(Cabinetmaking Forum)
From contributor F:
They're not safe. I have a old small dust collector mounted on the wall, with a 4" plastic dust pipe that hangs over the glue roller. It sends all of the fumes outdoors. I have yet to see anyone else do this. The fumes burn my nose and eyes and it can't be good for you. Maybe in a large shop it's not so concentrated, but in a small workshop it's a problem.



From contributor Y:
I doubt that you'll hear anyone say those fumes are harmless or even acceptable. We all know that exposure to various toxic products is inevitable in our business. After 25 years my approach has been to limit my exposure to all of them as best I can but not let it stop me from doing what I like doing.


From contributor A:
I have also wondered and worried when using my edgebander. We lean over the glue pot almost every time and help the panel track against the rollers. I can only hope that this isn't leading to some type of cancer.


From contributor Y:
The first time we fired up the glue pot, I knew I didn't want those fumes filling my shop, so I rigged a simple fume hood using 1/8" plywood and connected a 4" vinyl dryer vent hose to it with a small duct fan. The fumes now blow out a nearby window and no longer stink up the shop.


From contributor R:
Did you request the MSDS sheets on the glue?


From the original questioner:
The glue I'm using may be the same stuff as what's used in a glue pot, but it's pre-glued banding so I have no way of knowing. I'm not sure I would be able to get an MSDS sheet, although it may be worth doing a little further investigating.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?


Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Adhesives, Gluing and Laminating

  • KnowledgeBase: Dust Collection, Safety, Plant Management


    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.



    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2016 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB











  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers


      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article