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.
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.