Apply a Finish on Wooden Vases with CA Glue

Apply a Finish on Wooden Vases with CA Glue

Using ca glue is like an art that requires a dozen of patience and attentiveness. The cyanoacrylate adhesive works magic on wooden vases and leaves an appealing and glossy finish. Below is how to work with the glue on a vase from wood.


  • protective wear
  • ca glue
  • woodturning supplies (such as the vase)
  • tools for turning
  • wood polish for buffing
  • paper towels
  • tiny mesh pads

First, identify the best ca glue, preferably of thin viscosity. The curing speed of the vase is greatly affected by the adhesive's thickness. Meanwhile, the vase should have done the basic sanding.

Filling cracks thinly using the instant adhesive follows. This is vital since upon turning the vase, cracks are noticeable. They may be few or many depending on your expertise, keenness and skill. A very thin layer should be applied in the cracks to ensure even drying both on the outside and inside of the vase.

Be slow and sure to maximize the curing process. Once done and the wooden vase has cured well, using a grit mesh paper-400, perform the sanding process again to attain a very smooth base for application of the cyanoacrylate adhesive. Gently clean the dirt on the lathe and the vase. Remember to maintain high levels of cleanliness on your working surfaces to avoid sanding every now and then. Debris, dust and dirt may attach on the vase due to motion by wind.

Applying the glue is next and requires that the lathe bed is fully protected from any glue spillages by a clean towel. Put on your protective clothing to avoid physical contact with the glue and an eye mask and respirator due to the fumes emanating from the papered towel. The wooden bowl is placed on lathe and made to rotate at the slowest speed.

The paper towel is folded at least four times with about 12 drops of ca glue put on it. The lathe should be rotating as the paper towel is carefully held onto the wooden vase. While at it for about 12 seconds, the glue coats the entire surface evenly. Be brief in timing to prevent the paper from sticking to the vase. Leave it to cure for about a minute or two and repeat the procedure twice. Make sure to let the glue rest for five minutes.

You now need to smoothen the ca coating. Steadiness and persistence is mostly needed during this process. Set the vase to spin and using a new towel folded four times, hold it cautiously against the wooden vase. During the glue application process, some lines may have formed hence a dry paper towel should be used to smoothen the surface. This is done for 10 seconds and the vase left to rest.

Finally, using the finest grit paper, slowly sand the wooden vase evenly and redo it with a paper towel in readiness for polishing. Remember to use a completely dry paper towel in this final stage. This may seem an uphill task but practice makes perfect. Wood polish can later be used to finish according to your preference.