Glue: The worlds greatest fix

Superglue has a range of uses from quick repairs in the home to being an invaluable aid in the workshop. Woodwork projects, in particular, are an area where good use of an adhesive can improve the quality of your woodcraft. Every year glue sales increase in America. It is often used in woodwork projects.

To this end, here are a few ideas where decent glue can and should be used.

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Keeping Wood in Place

One of the great things about a cyanoacrylate adhesive is that it can be used to hold the wood in place while you screw or nail it together. This not only allows you to position it exactly where you want it before you work your magic, but the glue also helps to hold your wood more securely. This also, means you do not have to rely on clamps which may mark the wood in some way.


Different Glues for Different Uses

Superglue has developed over the decades and is a lot more versatile than it was twenty years ago. Adhesives tend to come in different viscosities, ranged thin to thick. This allows you to use the thinner varieties for cracks while thicker glues are great for gap filling and securing wood more firmly.

The medium glues tend to be good all-rounders.

As well as thickness, glues can be purchased that are suited to the environment your project is designed for. For example, waterproof glues should be used if your project is going to be exposed to water or moisture, while heavy-duty glues should be used if your creation is going to see frequent use.


Activators and Applicators

The better quality glue normally features good applicators for applying your glue, and activators allowing you to position your wood and then seal and fasten it using the glue. A good applicator will allow you to control how much glue you apply, creating a better, cleaner finish. While the activator is sprayed on when your glue is in place, essentially turning a liquid to an incredibly strong bonding agent.


Glue as a Filler

Increasingly, carpenters are using glues to fill small gaps that are not really suited to epoxy resin. Once in place, the glue can be sanded and top coated just like any other plastic. Using an adhesive in this capacity not only allows you to get a great finish, but it is fast and easy as the applicator will make the glue dry fast. Most carpenters use heavier glues for this purpose.


Reworking Decaying Wood

Another use of glue is to sure up wood that is starting to show signs of decay. A coating of thin adhesive and good use of an activator will make the wood nice and hard and ready to be worked on. This is particularly good for pallet and recycled wood-based projects as often these have been left outside.

Glue can also be used as a finish.

Glues and woods seem to have become a natural fit. Ensure you have a good selection of glue to make your woodwork project the best it can be.

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