DIY Wood Glue

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Wood glue is the most basic tool in a woodworker's kit. You can use wood glue, also known as carpenter's glue or yellow glue, to attach two pieces of wood. You can also apply it to further strengthen the bond between pieces of wood you have already nailed or screwed together. A basic application process will allow you to use wood glue properly and easily on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • Clamps
  • Rag
  • Place the two pieces of wood together on a flat, level surface, then apply a strip of masking tape over the seam to hold the pieces together loosely.

  • Flip the pieces of wood over, then open the seam and apply the wood glue in a zigzag pattern to one side of the connection.

  • Allow the glue to absorb for approximately 20 seconds, then firmly press the two pieces of wood together.

  • Immediately attach a clamp to the joint so the two pieces of wood are in constant contact.

  • Wipe away any excess glue from the joint with a damp rag.

  • To achieve the strongest bond, allow the glue to dry overnight or for at least 10 hours before removing the clamps.

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References

  • "The Old House Handbook: The Essential Guide to Care and Repair"; Roger Hunt; 2008
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