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Joints on Stain-Grade Molding

Glue to use: Stainable PVA. This glue has the same formula as yellow PVA with the addition of wood fibers. The result is a beige paste that accepts stain.

How-to tips: First, test how well the glue accepts the stain with scrap wood. Then apply to one side of the joint and press the edges together, securing them with clamps or finishing nails for 1 hour. The glue will cure to full strength in 24 hours.

One to try: Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue Max, about $5 for 8 ounces; elmers.com
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