The Right Wood Glue For Your Project


Wood Glue3If you’re performing a wood-related DIY task, at some point you’ll require the assistance of a good wood glue.

With so many options on the market, it’s often tough to decide which is best for your specific job.

But with a little know-how and pre-planning, you can quickly find the right product for your needs and avoid any needless worry on the final hold.


Original wood glue was made out of the remains of cattle. It’s still known as animal or hide glue and it does work on a multitude of wood projects.

The glue itself is often found in sheets, flakes, or granules. If it’s kept dry, it can last practically forever. But once it’s added to water, it needs to be used.

The adhesive is used easiest when hot water is applied to the dry matter. Hide glue needs to remain heated during application, but temperatures over 140 degrees Fahrenheit weaken the strength of the glue.

As hide glue cools, it will turn into a gel. The cooler it becomes, the denser the material. Animal glue will spoil, but you can freeze leftovers for up to a few months to halt the growth of bacteria.

It can then be reheated and reapplied to more projects. Hide glue is a strong and slow setting substance. While it remains a popular choice among enthusiasts and carpenters, there are easier glues to use.

Some Other Types

Acrylics are water-proof and excellent for outdoor furniture projects. Most versions come in either powder or paste form and require adding water to activate the substance.

It sets quickly and can be easily removed with acetone.

Super glue is an acrylic adhesive.

Casein glue is water-resistant, but it’s not water-proof. It’s made from milk protein and is sold in the form of a tan powder. Mixed with cold water, it will develop the consistency of heavy cream. Casein glue is a good choice for projects involving exotic woods that retain extra oil, like teak or rosewood.

Resin Glues are typically a 2+ part system involving resin to ensure a strong hold.

The common white school glue is Polyvinyl resin. Offered in a squeeze bottle, it dries fast and clear.

Aliphatic Resin is also applied via bottle, but is more of a cream color. It’s strong and sets usually within an hour. It resists heat but breaks down in water.

Reorcinal and Epoxy are extremely strong, water-proof, and often quite expensive. Epoxy, specifically, will bond wood to almost any other surface.

Rubber (Contact) Glue is a ready to use neoprene based liquid. It works wonders for bonding wood to plastic. The substance is typically applied individually to the materials which need to be joined, and then let air dry for 30 minutes before the materials contact one another. Once joined, the items are instantly bonded like cement.

Always be certain to clean the work area before beginning the project in order to remove lingering debris, and apply minimal amounts of whichever adhesive your project requires.

Choosing the right wood glue is an important step that can make the difference between a big mess and the perfect DIY project.



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