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Complete Guide to Woodworking Glues for Beginners

Your regular glue cannot satisfy the bonding needs of wood. This makes it critical to know the working properties of different ones to match the task at hand. For instance, some adhesives dry instantly, some function at specific temperatures and the rest must or must not be mixed with water. Picking the best-suited one can benefit you in many ways:

  • Boosts the ‘bond’ quality.

  • Speeds up the woodworking process.

  • Working with the correct set and open time will make the job a lot easier.

Wood glue is used in multiple applications like carpentry, DIY and furniture repairs. The best ones are less toxic making them environment-friendly. The global wood adhesives market size stood at $4.79 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2020 to 2025. Higher demand for engineered wood products in both residential and commercial sectors has led to this growth. Dozens of glues claim to work well on wood. So, how to pick the right one that will withstand all kinds of exposures? Have a look.

Woodworking Glues

The leading manufacturer in the world, Franklin Adhesives, is an integral component of your end product. It has superior strength which makes it an excellent choice when gluing exotic wood species. Look at products you can consider:

Doorbond 200: This is a one-component polyvinyl acetate emulsion which is formulated especially to cold or hot press flush and architectural doors.

  • Rated for 90-minute fire doors.

  • One-component

  • Formulated with bleed-through protection.

  • Water and heat-resistant

  • Meets the definition of NAF for CARB and TSCA Title VI

There are zero chances of bleed-through under normal operating conditions. It meets the definition of NAF for CARB and TSCA Title VI. Generally, 35-50 pounds per 1,000 sq. ft is enough. Only 6% to 8% is the suggested moisture content for gluing stock else it can increase the clamp time.

Multibond 1060: This is a high-performance cross-linking PVA adhesive that is perfect for radio frequency gluing. Typical applications include hot press veneering and curved plywood along with the manufacturing of door parts. It has top-tier durability that can resist international and domestic transport conditions.

Advantage 405: This is a highly water-resistant, 2-part crosslinking polyvinyl acetate emulsion glue with a low minimum-use temperature. Suggested clamp locations for different wood densities are 8-15 inches apart and 2 inches from the end of the panel to distribute pressure through the length of the glue line. Soft wood species with moisture content a little less than 8-10% require short press times.


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