5 Tips About Gluing Every Woodworker Should Know

10 Jan

Gluing is a very important task in woodworking and everyone has their own tips on it, So we decided to write down some of the common ones, you may know a few or you will learn a few.

My woodworking friends and I have used these tips. I hope you get to learn something new and better.

Gluing tips

Whenever you are working on a complex project where you may take a lot of time in deciding what to do next, you should use White glue in exchange of yellow glue, as white glue doesn’t dries as fast as yellow glue, many of my friends believe that yellow glue is stronger than white glue but to me it looks strong enough

String the cap: This tip may sound funny but believe me it save a lot of time, losing the little glue bottle cap can be a pain in the ass.

I would recommend you to tie the little glue bottle cap with a string and you can bind that string with anything solid around you, so that the cap doesn’t goof with you in the middle of a complex project.

If you have already lost your glue bottle cap, you can store the glue in a mustard bottle as it is air tight, easy to handle and comes with a twist cap. But make sure that your mustard bottle is completely clean and doesn’t have any leftover mustard stuck on the corners, as it can ruin the glue and also change its color.

Complex cracks: It is very difficult to fill complex cracks with glue, so what you can do is put a dab of glue where you want and the blow the glue deep inside the crack with the help of a straw. This will definitely help you in fixing complex cracks.

Spreading Glue: Spreading glue is something you would be doing a lot in a big woodworking project, at that time an old tooth brush would be very handy. It is perfect for this work as it easily and perfectly spreads glue. If the surface on which glue has to be spread is big, you can replace the toothbrush with a paint roller.

INSIDE CORNER SQUEESE-OUT: Before assembly, apply a piece of masking tape along both sides of a joint line along an inside corner. The excess glue oozes out onto the tape (mostly) and saves you some time cleaning glue out of the corner. If you don’t like tape, try scooping out the excess glue with the end of a plastic straw. The soft plastic takes the shape of the corner as you move it along the joint line. 

Free scraper: Well you really don’t need to spend you hard-earned money to buy a scraper when you can have it for free, all you need to do is take a plastic clip from a bread bag to scrap away freshly beaded or skinned-over beads of glue along a joint line.


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