A Working Guide to Glues
Choosing the right adhesive for the job might mean more than grabbing that old bottle on the shelf
Synopsis: An in-depth article on glue. William Tandy Young, an adhesives consultant and an author of a book about glue, defines it, distinguishes it from adhesive, delineates the principles of choosing glue, and compares the properties of adhesives. Using three charts, he maps out how the properties of 13 natural, nonreactive, and reactive synthetic glues affect their usefulness. The charts show details on handling, open assembly time, clamp time, cleanup, cured working qualities, structural properties, endurance properties, and health and safety notes. Young discusses water-resistant and waterproof glues; altering, combining and customizing glues; and myths and facts on filling gaps. The article includes safety and longevity information, too.
I worked wood for years before realizing that I knew virtually nothing,about the glues I was depending on to hold my joints together. At the time my attention was focused on things like lumber, tools and machines. I took glue for granted, assuming…