Uses for Hot-Melt Glue
Quick-drying, weak-bonding glue is perfect for temporary holds
Synopsis: Prompted by a reader suggestion, Fine Woodworking’s Mark Schofield takes on the task of finding uses for hot-melt glue. He found the weak-bonding glue useful in a variety of jobs, including hardware placement, clamping crown molding, padding clamps, assembling jigs, affixing moldings, attaching templates, building mock-ups, and more.
From Fine Woodworking #168
A recent review of a new hot-melt glue gun system (FWW #157) that touted its permanent adhesion prompted Hilliard Stone, a reader in Texas, to write in praising the virtues of traditional hot-melt glues. He noted that their weak adhesion makes them perfect for many tasks, including temporarily attaching parts until their final location has been decided on, such as when fine-tuning jigs or placing handles on drawers; attaching furniture parts to templates for routing or sanding; acting as a temporary clamp while other glues set; and holding panels in frames while allowing wood movement.
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