Informed About Glue

IMG_5733Whenever we present at a woodworking show or directly to a woodworking group or guild, we are asked about glue. It usually is, “What type of glue do you use?”

Chuck Bender is a fan of good old white glue (as is Mr. Frank Klausz ). I, on the the other hand, respond with, ” Whatever glue is on sale when I’m in the store to buy.” Recently, I’ve decided to change my answer. From this day forth, my reply will be, “Whatever the task calls for.”

Why the change? Last week a jug of regular Titebond was brought into the 360 woodworking shop. I grabbed the gallon jug and filled a smaller bottle. When next I used the bottle, I deposited more glue on the project than there is snow on the Rockies. It ran all over. Not really thinking about it, I did the same thing the next time – I’m a slow learner.

After the second instance, I realized that the glue I was used to was Titebond II, which is thicker and dries quicker than the jug just purchased. Time for a change.

If I need a longer setup time, I’ll use a thinner glue (or add a small amount of water to my existing supply), but for everyday use, I’m now a Titebond II guy. And yes, if the situation dictates, I’ll use hide glue. Plus, I really like the No Run, No Drip Wood Glue (shown in the above photo) when I’m looking for a fast set, such as edge banding and string inlay.

After 20+ years of woodworking, am I becoming more informed, or just becoming a crotchety old man? I hope it’s that I’m more informed.

— Glen D. Huey

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5 thoughts on “Informed About Glue

  1. I’m going with crotchety old man. But only because I can relate?

    1. Thanks, Frank. I feel the love.

    2. I’m going with crotchety old man too…

      And if your hide glue is that thick, it’s already too late.

  2. Crotchety to the max, but in the best sort of way.
    TB III in my shop. Never had any problems with it, so I’m sticking with it.

    I tried a little hide glue on s small project recently, and thought I was such a badass using the “cool kid” glue, but all I did was make a mess…and it smelled like hell…lol
    Not at Chucks level of “pinky’s up” woodworking yet…lol

    keep up the good work fellas, and Merry Christmas.

  3. Here’s my take.

    Hot hide glue for hammer veneering and setting inlays
    Liquid hide glue for most assembly – OBG preheated to around 100F (unless I have some hot stuff cooked and in the pot)
    Regular Titebond when I need time – never once had a failure with this stuff.
    Regular Tightbond for string inlay because it flows in a syringe and gives me time (I miscut a miter once back in 02 and hey, it could happen again ????)

    Epoxy only when needed (rarely)
    Super Glue only when needed (rarely)
    And Gorilla, Schamilla (never)

    Oh and TB III for exterior stuff. Since its out I sure don’t miss mixing up that red resourcinol glue. Good riddance.

    And I’m -ahem – sticking to this.

    Merry Christmas

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