7 Tips For Making Wood Glue Dry Faster

The full range of Testors cements are exceptionally strong, fast-drying and easy to use. Some glues, such as rubber cement and super glue, will recommend that you apply them to both sides of the joint for increased bond strength. V131W has been designed for felt, needle punched, hessian and latex backed carpets, PVC sheeting and Vinyl tiles to screed, concrete, plaster and treated wood floors. The above variations represent one category in the yellow wood glue family, but let’s say you are working with a dark wood; a bright yellow glue line would be unsightly. You will need glass cleaner, a couple microfiber rags, wood glue, and, of course, a dirty vinyl.

It also develops a bond stronger than the wood itself, offers excellent sandability and is unaffected by finishes. Epoxy is available in various forms that allow it to cure fast or slow, and in a wide range of temperature and moisture conditions. Oily woods such as teak, redwood or cedar require sanding or wiping with acetone before using wood glue for a better seal. For specific project questions, try visiting , a fun (albeit old-fashioned looking) interactive site about glue where you can plug in materials and receive a recommendation for which glue to use.

I once watched my wife successfully reconstruct a centuries-old, Native American pot broken into at least 60 pieces with all-purpose, white glue. Titebond has an extraordinarily strong bond (between 3,600 and 4,000 psi) which means that unless you are using a tropical hardwood of some kind the wood is likely to break before the glue joint does. Hot Glue: Heated glue comes in stick form and must be used with glue guns, which come in both corded and cordless and high-temp and low-temp models. Set & Drying Time — One of the benefits of hot glue is that it sets quite quickly, about 15-30 seconds, and dries in about 5-10 minutes.

The major down side of this glue apart from the price, it is the most expensive glue on test, is that it dries to a very dark red-brown colour which leaves a very dark noticeable glue line. Use on materials such as paper and cloth, and semi-porous materials such as wood and pottery. It dries clear and does not creep so is a particularly good choice for veneering. Unless glue storage is a huge problem for you, a cool, dark shelf or cabinet is probably better than your home refrigerator for glue storage. I used Gorilla wood glue to fix a guitar headstock that had broken off at the nut.

For example, to repair the handle on your favorite coffee mug, you’ll need a glue that 1) sets up quickly while you hold the handle tightly in place; 2) is strong enough to hold the weight of 8 ounces of scalding hot beverage; 3) is relatively invisible; and 4) is waterproof to resist dissolving in dish water. This is an Aliphatic resin glue, often referred to as yellow glue, the added resins give the glue a stronger initial tack than a standard PVA.


CA glue is perfect for this purpose, as it can be used to attach the glue blocks, and once the pieces are glued together, a tap with a hammer or mallet will knock the glue blocks right off. CA glue, or super glue, is well known as a glue to use to join hard pieces together. Use Roo Glue for wood, moulding, plywood, furniture making, cabinetry and packaging.

Likewise, applying too little of the thin super glue will result in almost no glue at all remaining in a wood joint, causing a weak bond or no bond at all. I have seen polyurethane glue recommended because of its gap filling properties, so to test how well it would perform in a loose fitting joint my first joint was clamped lightly together. If you know what causes it to cure, you can try to store the glue in a place that has opposite properties. This also means that white craft glue should not be used in applications that require water resistance.

I have played with hot glue and it works but often times at shows electric either costs $10 more per day or isn’t available at all. West System epoxy dries clear but adding a filler will change its colour; for instance both colloidal silica and microfibre fillers are off-white, whilst the low density filler is dark brown. In addition, some glues are stronger when the cured glue line layer is thinner, and clamping a glue joint can help make the glue line layer thinner. If I need a waterproof glue joint, I’ll use either epoxy or a waterproof PVA glue. Hide glue is easily sanded and won’t affect the wood finish is there is some squeeze out.

Moulding and trim glue is a polyvinyl acetate formula specifically sold for carpenters and woodworkers who need a fast-setting glue that will not run or sag. As it didn’t rely on making dozens of perfectly identical joints this was the most consistent approach to testing the glue I could think of. However the trouble with testing wood joints is that wood itself is hardly constant and there was quite a bit of variance with the results. The most common wood glues – the PVA family and hide glue – can be applied with more control and ease with the help of some simple tools.

Though many OHJ readers are very familiar with the working characteristics of epoxy products like wood consolidants and fillers, epoxy adhesives are worth mentioning here because they fill many niches not covered by other adhesives. Wood glue is extremely durable once cured but takes a while to set up, so it’s a good idea to have clamps handy when using wood glue on mid-size or large projects. Bottom line, I think liquid hide glue is a great first choice of glue for most woodworking applications.

This glue is sometimes used when it is impossible to get a really tight fitting joint, so my first joint was not clamped; I applied plenty of glue and loosely laid one piece of wood on another. If the temperature is near the extremes of the allowed range, the working time of the glue may be affected, meaning that the glue joint must either be made very quickly, or conversely, the glue joint may need to be clamped longer than normal to fully set. It develops a DIN EN 204 D3 water resistant bond with a clear glue line and can be used in low temperature conditions. When I tested this it snapped incredibly easily through the glue line, leaving a microscopic layer of glue on both faces.

I only have 3 pairs of clam clamps, but with the 2p- 10 in the biscuit cut I can assure you that you can remove the clamp in 20 seconds and the joint will not slip, even with a wet miter of yellow glue. No. Gorilla Glue cures in one to two hours, while the fast curing formula cures in 30-60 minutes. Gorilla Super Glue is ideal for smaller repairs that require an instant bond and projects where clamping is not needed.