I use titebond glue and only let my layers set for 15-20 minutes before gently prying the assembly up with a small screwdriver. I like to clean the open area between segment with a damp pipe cleaner and small screwdriver before it hardens. If your glue squeeze out isn't cleaned up it will show a white spot in your finish. I have found when I have had to remove an out of location segment the glue holds so well the wood tares. I then have to use a chisel and sand paper to clean the area before replace the segment. I would be careful about using any kind of silicon around wood. Silicon can cause fisheyes in your finish which is very difficult to get out of your wood. If you need to lubricate any wood working tools wax is a better solution.The silicon lubricant did the trick. Didn't need the screwdriver. As soon as I took the weight off the stomper, the bowl lifted up.