Polyurethane Is My Go-to Glue
Veteran pro builds a strong case for using this misunderstood adhesive
Synopsis: If you’ve never considered polyurethane glue as a woodworking adhesive, it might be time to give it a try. Craig Thibodeau did, and he discovered that the glue’s lack of moisture makes it great for veneering, its inherent slipperiness gives it an advantage when fitting tight joinery, and its rigid glueline is a big plus when doing bent-lamination work.
For a long time, my go-to woodworking glue was yellow glue. Then a respected pro recommended that I try Gorilla Glue for veneering. Because of the glue’s lack of moisture, the sheets of veneer didn’t curl, which made the work easier. I also discovered that the glue created a very rigid glueline, a big plus with bent-lamination work. As I tried the product on other types of glue-ups, I soon discovered other advantages. Once I got through a short learning curve, I began to use polyurethane glue more…