Best Wood Glue

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2018
Wood glue is a type of fluid adhesive that will help you in a variety of different carpentry or woodworking projects. It might seem like an easy choice to make but there's quite a lot that goes into different formulas, so we're here to help you with that. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Applications
Application Temperature
Water Resistance
Open Time
Assembly Time
Color When Dry
Safety
Volume
 
PROS

One bottle contains precisely 32 ounces of this fluid adhesive, enough for years of everyday use. The formula passes the ANSI/HPVA Type I water-resistance specifications. The application temperature is particularly flexible. The glue easily sands without softening. 

CONS

The substance tends to thicken, so you'll have to shake up the bottle properly before using the glue. 

OUR VERDICT

The Titebond 1415 III might be the only option on the market today worthy of the ultimate wood glue title. Among other things, the product is surprisingly cost-effective, even without taking its outstanding adhesive properties and practicality into account.

detailed parameters
Applications

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above 47°F

Water Resistance

Type I water-resistance

Open Time

8-10 minutes

Assembly Time

20-25 minutes

Color When Dry

Light brown

Safety

Non-toxic and solvent-free, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved

Volume

32 ounces

PROS

The company's seemingly basic painted formula delivers excellent bond strength and stainability. The substance is particularly resistant to mold, heat, and mildew, making the glue quite a bit more reliable than most of its counterparts.

CONS

When it dries out, the glue has more of a dark-brown hue than beige. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for the sort of glue that will keep its end of the bargain for years to come, this is the one to go for. Whether you happen to be a professional carpenter, an aspiring handyman, or a DIY enthusiast who is serious about his woodworking projects, you can't afford to miss the Elmer's E7310.

detailed parameters
Applications

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above 60°F

Water Resistance

Type I water-resistance

Open Time

10-15 minutes

Assembly Time

12 hours

Color When Dry

Beige

Safety

Non-toxic, no harmful fumes, and easy to clean up with water

Volume

16 ounces

PROS

The glue works equally fine with hardwoods and softwoods. You can use it on natural wood composites. The water-based formula doesn't include any solvents and that means you can freely use it with some of the more decorative pieces of furniture.

CONS

You'll have to wait 24 hours for the glue to completely dry out. 

OUR VERDICT

The Gorilla 6200022 has its flaws. But it is easily one of the more versatile wood glues in its price range. The reasonable price and the strength of this glue make it an equally good option for people who are passionate about woodworking and those who would simply like to fix a couple of pieces of wood.

detailed parameters
Applications

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

N/A

Water Resistance

Type II water-resistance

Open Time

5-10 minutes

Assembly Time

24 hours

Color When Dry

Natural wood color

Safety

Non-toxic, no harmful fumes, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved

Volume

8 ounces

PROS

The product has a strong initial tack. The assembly time of this adhesive doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes. That means far less "hold" time and a lot more productivity. It is FDA approved for indirect food contact, making this adhesive suitable for culinary hardware applications.

CONS

Doesn't work that well under cold temperature conditions.

OUR VERDICT

The Titebond 5004 II liquid adhesive has quite a lot going for it. It is as good as any wood glue out there when it comes to your everyday woodworking applications. But, on top of that, the formula is surprisingly great for radio frequency (R-F) and hot press gluing systems.

detailed parameters
Applications

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above 55°F

Water Resistance

Type II water-resistance

Open Time

3-5 minutes

Assembly Time

10-15 minutes

Color When Dry

Translucent, yellow

Safety

Non-toxic, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved 

Volume

16 ounces

PROS

The formula creates a clear bond. It doesn't produce a foam and you won't have to deal with any dripping scenarios. The non-toxic wood glue fully cures in about 30 minutes, so you won't have to waste a good chunk of your time waiting for the glue to finally kick in.

CONS

The amount of glue you get from a bottle is limited. 

OUR VERDICT

Though advertised as a wood adhesive, the substance bonds just as well to metal, rubber, ceramics, porcelain, glass, fabric, stone, concrete, and tile. So, if you're not necessarily that passionate about woodworking in particular, the DAP 00157 Rapid Fuse should fit you to a tee.

detailed parameters
Applications

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

N/A

Water Resistance

Water-resistant

Open Time

30 seconds

Assembly Time

30 minutes

Color When Dry

Clear

Safety

New cyanoacrylate formula, easy to clean up with water

Volume

4 ounces

Titebond 1415 III Ultimate

Ultimate Adhesive

The people behind it advertise the Titebond 1415 III as the ultimate wood glue and we can't really argue their point. It may not seem like the most reasonable option at first but there are a number of factors here that you should take into account.

First, one bottle contains precisely 32 ounces of this fluid adhesive, so you'll definitely be getting your money's worth.

Of course, it isn't just the volume. What the company offers is one of the first truly waterproof formulas. It passes the ANSI/HPVA type I water-resistance specification. The bond strength that it offers is outstanding.

But what we like most about this glue is the application temperature and assembly time. Any temperature above 47°F will do so, for the most part, you'll be able to use the glue outdoors just as effectively as indoors. As for the assembly time, it takes the Titebond 1415 III between 20 to 25 minutes to completely dry out, so you won't have to wait an entire day to continue with your woodworking project.

Though the substance in question provides a pretty strong initial tack, it easily sands without softening. With this practical solution, you'll be able to keep your workspace clean. About the only issue we have with their formula is that the glue tends to thicken and you'll have to shake up the bottle every time you'd like to use it.

Other than that, not to sound like a broken record, but the Titebond 1415 III might be the only option on the market today worthy of the ultimate wood glue title. It is surprisingly cost-effective even without taking its outstanding adhesive properties and practicality into account.

Review of Titebond 1415 III Ultimate Wood Glue, 32-Ounce

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Elmer's E7310

A Strong Bond

Elmer's E7310 is what we would recommend to professional carpenters, aspiring handyman, or those DIY enthusiasts who are serious about their woodworking projects. The reason for that is quite simple - what we have here is easily one of the strongest adhesives in its price range.

The company's seemingly basic painted formula delivers excellent bond strength and stainability. It will stick any two pieces of wood together and it will create a bond stronger than any modern marriage.

Strength aside, one thing about this wood glue that makes it superior to most of its competition is how well it interacts with processing and other substances. You'll be able to paint, sand, or polish the glued surface and the adhesive in question will remain strong and invisible.

Being easily sandable and paintable is definitely one of the better things about this product. But we would be remiss not to mention the fact that the formula is also particularly resistant to mold, heat, and mildew, making the glue quite a bit more reliable than most of its counterparts.

It isn't really much of a downside but, one the glue completely dries out, it has more of a dark-brown hue than the advertised beige. But given that the adhesive is nearly invisible anyway, we wouldn't really focus too much on it.

In short, if you're looking for the sort of glue that will keep its end of the bargain for years to come, this is the one to go for.

Review of Elmer's E7310 Wood Glue, 16 Ounce

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Gorilla 6200022

Gorilla Holding Power

The Gorilla 6200022 is a good product but it has its flaws. One thing that prevents the glue from scoring higher on our list is its assembly time. Unlike other options in this review, it takes the formula up to twenty-four hours to fully dry out, so there's a good chance you'll have to freeze your project for an entire day the moment you apply the glue.

Now, it does require only about 20-30 minutes of clamp time, meaning that you will be able to work with those glued pieces of wood, just that you won't necessarily be able to sand or paint them for another day.

Plus, it isn't a bad glue versatility-wise. It works equally fine with hardwoods and softwoods. You can use it on natural wood composites. The advertised "Gorilla holding power" does its job and it does it well.

The wood glue passes the ANSI/HPVA Type II water resistance specifications, so it isn't susceptible to rainy weather or any kind of leakage.

And, sure, it takes a pretty long time to fully cure, but you can keep the bottle open for 5 to 10 minutes without worrying about the glue losing its adhesive properties or thickening up.

The water-based formula doesn't include any solvents and that means you can freely use it with some of the more decorative pieces of furniture.

Again, the Gorilla 6200022 has its flaws. But it is easily one of the more versatile wood glues in its price range. The reasonable price and the strength of this glue make it a pretty good option for all kinds of customers.

Review of Gorilla 6200022 Wood Glue, 8 Ounce

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Titebond 5004 II Premium

Not Just Wood

Titebond as a company does like those extravagant names, doesn't it? The previous entry on our list was titled the Ultimate Wood Glue and this one is, apparently, Premium. Well, "premium" may be a bit of a strong word, but we can't say that we dislike this glue.

Though you can definitely use it indoors, just like any other glue, its outstanding water-resistance properties make it a particularly suitable adhesive for exterior applications.

Other than that, this is more or less your typical Titebond glue, with more or less typical of the company's products selling points. It has that strong initial tack. But unlike the majority of Titebond glues, the assembly time of this adhesive doesn't require more than 10 to 15 minutes. That means far less "hold" time and a lot more productivity.

The bonding strength that it offers will be more than enough for steadfast gluing. Plus, it is unaffected by finishes, making it flexible enough for a variety of different woodworking tasks. It is especially easily sanded, the sort of quality that is required for flush applications. Finally, it is FDA approved for indirect food contact, making this adhesive suitable for culinary hardware applications.

All in all, the Titebond 5004 II outdoor wood glue has quite a lot going for it. It is as good as any glue out there when it comes to your everyday woodworking applications. But, on top of that, the formula is surprisingly great for radio frequency (R-F) and hot press gluing systems.

Review of Titebond 5004 II Premium Wood Glue, 16 Ounce

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DAP Rapid Fuse

Fast and Easy

The DAP 00157 Rapid Fuse isn't necessarily one of those products that one might suggest to a serious DIY enthusiast or a professional carpenter. It isn't really the quality of the glue that makes it a slightly less suitable option for these types of people but more so the quantity. What you get is a 4-ounce bottle, which is a great temporary replacement option or a nice choice for those who do not care about woodworking.

Another aspect of this product that makes it a fitting choice for inexperienced customers is how easy it is to use. The formula creates a clear bond. It doesn't produce a foam and you won't have to deal with any dripping scenarios.

The only real problem with their formula is that the open time is relatively limited (around 30 seconds), so we wouldn't recommend keeping the bottle open for an extended period of time.

But the assembly time, on the other hand, is pretty damn impressive. The non-toxic wood glue cures in about 30 minutes, so you won't have to waste a good chunk of your time waiting for the glue to finally kick in.

Though marketed as a wood adhesive, the substance bonds just as well to metal, rubber, ceramics, porcelain, glass, fabric, stone, concrete, and tile. So, if you're not necessarily passionate about woodworking, the DAP 00157 Rapid Fuse should fit you to a tee.

Review of DAP Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive

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What Is Wood Glue?

Wood glue is a type of adhesive that is used to keep two pieces of wood together. Shocker, we know. But before you get too sassy about it, there are still a few things you need to know about the formulas behind these types of glues to make the right choice. First, you ought to consider all of the safety properties and qualities of the product that you're looking to get. Of course, the majority of glue bottles out there do not contain any toxic or harmful substances but it is never a bad idea to double-check.

Oddly enough, there are different types of wood glues and all of them have their strengths and weaknesses, so you might want to take that into account as well. If you choose the wrong glue, it will be noticeably more difficult to work with wood.

Other than that, different fluid adhesives have different application temperatures as well as different levels of water resistance, making them more versatile or convenient to work with. The amount of time you could keep a bottle of glue open also differs depending on the type of glue and the company behind it. The last but not the least thing to consider before ordering a particular bottle is the time it takes for the glue to dry out.

While we're still on the carpentry subject, you might want to check out our reviews of wood lathes and wood routers if you intend on picking woodworking up as a hobby or if you're a professional in need of replacement.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-29 13:46:16