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.