Gorilla Glue will release a new polyvinyl acetate glue this month that is designed to compete directly with the woodworking mainstays, Titebond and ProBond glues. The new Gorilla Wood Glue is a water-resistant species, looks like a white glue and boasts a shorter clamping time than its competitors.
I’ve been using the glue for a couple months now, and have been generally impressed with both the glue and the bottle, which is an often-overlooked detail.
Here are some of the important stats on the glue:
– It is called a “Type II” adhesive, which means it’s water-resistant, but not waterproof. Build kitchen cabinets from it, but not a dock at the lake.
– It has a stated clamping time of 20 minutes, which is 10 minutes less than the competition. If you are in a hurry or in a professional environment, this can be a big plus. We like to keep our assemblies in the clamps as long as possible.
– The color of the Gorilla Wood Glue is white, which is nice when dealing with gluing light-colored woods.
– The viscosity is about the same as its water-resistant competition.
– The glue nozzle is almost identical to that on Titebond’s product. We’re fond of this nozzle because it will stay clear of dried glue for a long time (if you remember to close the nozzle after each use).
– The glue will be available in 8 oz. (expect a retail price of $3.99) and 18 oz. (about $5.99) sizes.
After some small-scale tests in December, I used the Gorilla Glue last week on five maple panels I am gluing up for a blanket chest project. The glue lays out nicely like a quality PVA should. It cleaned up easily with water and set up fairly fast , this is a big asset when gluing up lots of panels.
When it dried, it was more like a light khaki color, instead of the familiar darker yellow we’re used to from PVAs. The glue line just disappeared in the maple. The Gorilla Wood Glue is now quite welcome in our shop here at Popular Woodworking, where we will be testing it during the long term.
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