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Nov 5th, 2015 at 9:20am
 
I am getting ready to glue a project and was wondering what most of you use.  Do you stick with tried and true titebond or is anyone using gorilla glue?  Does anyone know the tinsel strength of gorilla glue (couldn't find it on their web site?  What about longevity of gorilla glue - will it stand the test of time (think generations).

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Re: Which glue
Reply #1 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 9:27am
 
I use both yellow wood glue (Tite-bond, etc.) or Gorilla Glue depending on the application.  For cutting boards, etc. that might get washed I use Gorilla glue because it's water-proof.  I also use it if expect there might be small gaps or materials other than wood.  I use yellow wood glue in situations where foaming would be an issue or if I need to minimize cleanup.
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Reply #2 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 9:29am
 
It really depends on what you are gluing.
Most times it doesn't matter since both Gorilla (polyurethane type glue) and Titebond (PVA type glue) are stronger than the wood. it really depends on the type of joint (grain orientation) and conditions (indoor or outdoor)
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Reply #3 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 11:55am
 
Red oak, end grain to face grain - tongue and groove drawer construction.  Conditions are indoor, although will be stored in a hot attic.

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Reply #4 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 12:11pm
 
The usual foaming associated with Polyurethane glues could be difficult to deal with in your construction.
Any of the titebond (PVA glues) should work fine, although a hot attic may cause issues with any glue over time.
In a hot attic, you may find that the wood will split while the glue joint stays in tact. Make sure to allow for wood movement where possible.
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Reply #5 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 12:21pm
 
Gluing end grain to side grain is a guaranteed joint failure over time, even more so if the piece is stored in a hot/cold attic. This is where mechanical joints work best like a sliding dove tail, and mortice and tenon. The poly glues are not good gap fillers because they fill the gaps with bubbles. They do not take shock loads either. I called Franklin glues once to ask about them. They commented that they laminated up pieces for base ball bats. The titebond held up, the poly came apart.

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Reply #6 - Nov 5th, 2015 at 5:25pm
 
I quit using gorilla glue. Use it once and it slowly turns into a rock in the dispenser bottle. I use Titebond III these days. Seems to have held up over the years on various cutting boards I've made, whereas Titebond II didn't do as well. Of course it helped when I told my daughter to NOT put them in the dishwasher.
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Reply #7 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 8:28am
 
Thanks all.  I went ahead and used my titebond III.  Sometimes I get skeptical of "new" products until they have a tried and true history of success.  I'll wait a few more years and follow gorilla glue to see how it performs over time.  Thank you all, I do love this site.


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Reply #8 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 4:17pm
 
You can use any wood glue you like.  I use good old Elmer from time to time when I find it extra cheap.  It works fine even for segments items.
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Reply #9 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 6:15pm
 
Walt wrote on Nov 6th, 2015 at 4:17pm:
I use good old Elmer from time to time


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Reply #10 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 7:20pm
 
I've been using the wood glue from Harborfreight for two years with no problem on my woodworking which is small items , I figure it comes from the same glue haven as most items usually do.
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Reply #11 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 7:59pm
 
Yep, Elmer's is fine. I just use Titebond III when the project will be getting wet a lot. Working on a bed headboard this afternoon, I used Titebond II. Didn't have any Elmer's and didn't want to use the III.
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Reply #12 - Nov 6th, 2015 at 8:47pm
 
"Gorilla Glue" can be confusing, as they sell polyurethane glue and yellow glue.
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