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Woodworking Glues

With all of the gluing products on the market today, choosing the right type for your needs, and using it correctly, can get tricky. For help, we turned ot the WOOD Magazine staffers who design and build the projects featured in our publication. We'll tell you about the eight types they rely on, and share their tips for using each successfully.

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Choosing the right glue

Choosing the right glue

First, choose the glue that's right for the job
The first time you glued two pieces of wood together, you probably reached for your bottle of good o'' yellow woodworker's glue. It worked, so you stuck with it. But if you've ever wondered if there's a better glue for a particular job, check our What's in Woodworking Glue Chart, and be confident in your choice. Make a copy of this chart and post it near where you store your glues, and you'll never again scratch your head over which glue to use.

Our pros' best gluing tips
One sure way to gauge the expertise of a woodworker is to examine the joints on his or her projects. Are they free of glue squeeze-out and rock-solid, even after many years of use? If so, they probably learned (the hard way, in some cases) many of the tips we'll share here. You'll learn how to use each of the eight glues in the chart, but because yellow, white, and water-resistant glues are similar in the way you apply, work, and clamp them, we'll discuss them together.

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Comments (6)
jhnmeaux wrote:

I want to reglue a antique rocking chair. The spindles are loose but not disconnected. Is there a glue that will seep down into the area around the spindles without me having to take the rocker apart?

8/3/2014 02:11:08 PM Report Abuse
trigo108 wrote:

good for getting specific glue recommendations:

7/31/2014 11:40:40 PM Report Abuse
slmj wrote:

I'll type this very slowly ..go to the glue chart, & simply select file print . Works fine for me chnsw1!! nothing wrong with the website at all.Maybe try a nerve pill?

3/15/2012 12:37:57 PM Report Abuse
Ron Bates wrote:

You should also mention hide and/or fish glue if waterproofing is not an issue. It has a long open time which is ideal for complex or difficult glue ups such as dovetail or box joints. Ron

8/28/2011 11:08:02 AM Report Abuse
soulebe wrote:

Souleman wrote: Copy the chart from the web page using mouse clicks, then paste it to MS Word. It will print out in color.

4/29/2011 11:47:58 AM Report Abuse
chnsw1 wrote:

why doesnt the glue chart have a print option?

4/22/2011 08:45:17 AM Report Abuse

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