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Good glue techniques

Good glue techniques

Yellow, white, and water-resistant glues: the old standbys
You probably use one or more of these three similar glues more often than any other type with good reason. They are versatile, easy-to-use, and affordable, and they provide strong bonds. The next time you reach for one of these glues, consider trying the following tips:

  • For the strongest bond, make sure your pieces fit together well. Then cover both joining surfaces with a thin layer of glue. You can spread it with a brush, a paint roller, or Jim's favorite the plastic core of a disposable foam paintbrush as shown.
  • Clamp with even pressure all along the joint, but not too hard or you'll squeeze all the glue out and make a weak joint.
  • For small areas, mask the wood adjacent to the joint with masking tape to prevent the squeeze-out from getting on your work. For longer joints, remove the squeeze-out with a damp cloth while it's still wet, "rolling" the cloth as you go to keep from smearing the excess glue on the adjacent surfaces.

  • To minimize squeeze-out on the face side of your projects, Chuck suggests you bring the two pieces together at a slight angle, joining the face edges first, as shown at left. As you lay the pieces flat to clamp them, most of the squeeze-out will be on the back side.

Here are a couple of tips that apply only to water-resistant glue:

  • It tends to separate, so mix it well before each use.
  • Wear your shop apron when using water-resistant glue it doesn't wash out of clothing.

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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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