Every now and then, you’re going to run into a few woodworking projects that require the use of wood glue.
Wood glue helps you join two pieces of wood or wood and other materials such as plastic and metal together, without using nails, screws or any other means that will dent or create visible holes in the wood.
The fact however is that there are many types of glue out there, therefore choosing between them can be quite confusing.
When it comes to gluing wood, one type of glue will not work well for all projects. That is why there are different types of glue in the first place, right? It’s because they have different applications.
The type of glue you need generally depends on what you’re trying to glue up and how the final project will be used.
Glue for an outdoor furniture project which is going to be affected by the weather is different from that of an indoor furniture project that’s not going to come in contact with water or any other environmental element.
So before choosing any wood glue you need to ask yourself the following questions.
- What am I trying to glue up?
- Do I need the glue to be waterproof?
- How long does it take for the glue to set?
- What is the strength of the glue?
Asking and answering these questions will help you determine the type that will suit your woodworking project the most.
Before going on to list the different types of wood glue, here is one awesome fact about joining wood with glue. Joints created with glue are often stronger than the wood itself.
That’s why when you try to break the joint by means of an external force, it’s actually the wood that breaks, not the joint.
With that said, the following info-graphics illustrates the different types of wood glue and their application.
I’m quite sure that by the time you finish going through the info-graphics, you’d have learnt the different types of glues and their applications. Enjoy!