Understanding Glues: Part I


Delve into the characteristics and properties of the 7 families of glue and adhesives.
By Marc Adams
Pages: 54-60

From the August 2009 issue #177
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OK, so you consider yourself a woodworker. Let’s say that your neighbor asks you what appears to be a simple woodworking question: “What’s the best glue to use when making something out of wood?” How would you answer that? Most modern woodworkers use pretty much one type of glue or more specifically one “color” of glue. So with some trepidation you answer by saying, “Yellow glue (sometimes referred to as carpenters’ glue) is the best glue for woodworking.” Would you really be comfortable with that response or would you question your own answer?

Really, in the world of woodworking, “What’s the best glue?” is one of the toughest questions, with lots and lots of varying opinions. However the fact is that yellow glue is one of many choices, but not always the best choice.

I tell people all the time that the goal of woodworking is to make furniture that your children’s children will fight over to see who gets those pieces grandpa made – not fight to see who has to take those pieces.

In 20 plus years, if your work requires maintenance because the glue joints have fallen apart, your title as a world-class craftsman would no longer stick. (I just couldn’t resist that.)


From the August 2009 issue #177
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