I have a simple problem. This problem is occuring after I glue 90 degree angles using red oak and clamp it and wipe off the excess with water and paper towels. After it dries I stain it, and I end up with a dark streak in the stain running right where I wiped off the glue with water and the paper towel. Does anyone have any suggestions that would help?
From contributor C:
When you wipe down glue with water and a rag (especially open-grained wood like oak), you run the risk of actually pushing the glue, or a thinned solution of it, into the grain where it is hard to sand off.
Try this trick: Instead of wiping the glue off right away, just let the squeeze-out sit there. When it is somewhat (but not completely) dry, it reaches a state that some woodworkers call leather-hard – it’s no longer wet or gooey, but not plastic-hard yet either. In this state, it can be fairly easily pared away with a chisel.
You'll soon get the feel for just when to try to remove the glue, and what sharpness of chisel to use. If you use one that’s too sharp, you're likely to catch the wood grain.