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Titebond III

Franklin International - Titebond III

The third-generation Titebond wood glue is the most water resistent in the product line.

$4 (8 oz.) (As of 1/1/2005)

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Editor's Review:

by Chris A. Minick

review date: January 1, 2005

I’ve been a fan of Titebond’s original yellow wood glue for years, and I can’t recall any glueline failures that could be attributed solely to the adhesive. But a few years ago I was lured away from my trusty yellow glue by the company’s new Titebond II, advertised as having the benefits of Type II water-resistance. I wasn’t sure what that meant, nor why I thought I needed a water-resistant glue most of the furniture I build is meant to stay indoors.

Gluing with Titebond II proved problematic. My shop in Minnesota is 50°F to 60°F in winter, and the glue has a chalk point of 55°F. The chalk point is the temperature at which the glue dries to a flaky, nonadhesive powder rather than a translucent adhesive film. After enduring a few failed glue-ups, I abandoned Titebond II. I ended up switching back to Titebond’s original yellow glue, which I’ve been happy with ever since.

But now there’s Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue. It has an even better, Type I water-resistance (which translates to “waterproof” on the label), coupled with a 47°F chalk point and a 10-minute assembly time. The water-resistance is still no big deal for me, but a glue that offers low-temperature application and an open time about twice as long as other yellow glues is worth trying out.

Before committing to a project, I tested Titebond III glue on 1/4-in.-thick maple cut into 2-in.-wide strips, and I was pleased with the results. I applied the glue at about a 5-mil thickness (wet) to the glue area of each strip, using a standard mil-gauge to measure it. Half of the test strips were clamped together after one minute the remaining strips were left open for 10 minutes and then clamped under pressure. The second group of samples was noticeably dry when clamped together after 10 minutes. I observed very little squeeze-out, but the bond held.

My experiments were less than scientific, yet they were enough to convince me that Titebond III is a very good woodworking glue. When wet, the glue goes on as a light beige color, and it dries to a darker, medium-brown tone that is compatible with most woods, resulting in an almost invisible glueline. What I like most about Titebond III glue is that I can use it in colder temperatures, and it gives me more time to assemble a project.

—Chris Minick is a chemist and consulting editor for Fine Woodworking.

Editor Test Results:

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Franklin International
Manufacturer's Web Site www.titebond.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-877-4583


After returning to woodworking after being away from it for over twenty years, I was amazed at the new technology. Titlebond III has definately replaced my favorite glue from the past (cow on label) and will be used on all my projects that require wood to be glued.

Having confidence in an adhesive is paramount when it comes to successful RC Aircraft Model building and flying. After testing a number of well known brands, Titebond III came away with high marks in all areas of testing. Important features, besides its superb bonding ability, is that: (1)clamping time seems to diminish appreciably if the mating parts are each 'well brushed' with the adhesive and allowed a couple of minutes to get tacky before assembly; (2) it sands beautifully (no rubbery residue); (3)cleanup of brushes is a breeze; (4) when using an applicator syringe the adhesive flows very well; (5) adhesive can be stored for long periods of time in the 'capped' syringe; and(6) the container's sliding cap seals easily, never have to hunt for a loose cap and, the bottle can be stored upside-down, displacing any residual air in the stem.

Great improvement over Type II. The additional open time is what makes it so great.



I love the colder application temperatures of this glue. That alone is the biggest selling point for me, besides strength. I know that another magazine, which shall remain nameless, did a review on wood glues and this was one of the strongest, if the strongest. The longer open time is really nice as well. This is the only glue that get used in my shop.


My new favorite glue!Longer work time, more water resistant than other PVA glues, what's not to like?I have built many projects using this glue and no complaints!On rare occasion, some exotics need to be prepped before gluing, but this is true of other glues as well.The longer working time is my main need.

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