Woodworking & Joinery Adhesives

We stock a full range of PVA’s, contact adhesives, polyurethanes, hot melts, cyanoacrylates (industrial superglues), silicones and MS Polymers covering every application method and speed of cure.

If you are spreading, rollering, spraying, machine applying or simply hand applying we have the right product for you to match your application method and speed of cure requirements along with many applicators for a one stop shop facility.

For bulk volumes or large quantities please call the office on 01509 815550 for a bespoke quotation.

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Woodworking Adhesives Explored

Woodworking adhesives are an essential part of any woodworking project. Whether you’re building a piece of furniture, repairing a broken chair, or creating a new project from scratch, the right adhesive can make all the difference. In this category, we stock many of the most popular types of wood working adhesives. If you aren’t sure which adhesives are right for you, we can help you determine which ones are right for your applications, and how they are used in different woodworking applications.

Types of Woodworking Adhesives Available on the market

There are many different types of woodworking adhesives available on the market. Each type has its own unique properties and characteristics, making it suitable for different woodworking applications. Some of the most common types of woodworking adhesives include:

PVA (polyvinyl acetate) Glue

PVA glue is a water-based adhesive that is popular among woodworkers due to its ease of use and versatility. It dries clear and can be sanded, painted or stained after it has cured.

Cyanoacrylate (CA) Glue

CA glue, also known as “super glue,” is a fast-drying adhesive that is great for small woodworking projects. It is best used on non-porous surfaces and can be difficult to remove once it has cured.

Hot Melt Adhesive

Hot melt adhesive is an easy-to-use adhesive that is well suited to use in furniture and upholstery. It is fast drying and adheres to a good range of materials such as timber and foams.

Contact Adhesive

Contact adhesive is a brushable adhesive that is a good choice when large areas require coverage. It forms a strong permanent bond between wood, material and even cork making it the adhesive of choice for interior trimming in the automotive, marine and transportation industries.

Polyurethane (PU) Glue

PU glue is a water-resistant adhesive that is ideal for outdoor woodworking projects. It is a two-part adhesive that expands as it cures, filling gaps and providing a strong bond.

Uses of Woodworking Adhesives

Woodworking adhesives are used in a variety of applications, from bonding two pieces of wood together to repairing cracks and splits in wooden furniture. Some common uses of woodworking adhesives include:

Edge Gluing

Edge gluing involves joining two or more pieces of wood together to create a larger panel or board. PVA glue is commonly used for edge gluing due to its strong bond and ease of use. For larger projects edge banding hotmelt is the preferred choice for use on semi-automatic edge banders.

Doweling

Doweling involves inserting wooden dowels into two pieces of wood to create a strong joint. PVA glue is often used to secure the dowels in place.

Repairing Cracks and Splits

Cracks and splits in wooden furniture can be repaired using woodworking adhesives. PU glues are often used for these types of repairs due to their strength and durability.

Laminating

Laminating involves gluing multiple layers of wood together to create a thicker, stronger piece of wood. PVA glue and contact adhesives are commonly used for laminating as they are easy to spread across large areas.

How to choose the right woodworking adhesive?

Choosing the right woodworking adhesive is essential for a successful project. Factors to consider when selecting an adhesive include the type of wood being used, the conditions the project will be exposed to, and the strength required for the joint.

In general, PVA glue is a good all-purpose adhesive that can be used for a variety of woodworking applications. However, for outdoor projects, take care to select a waterproof PVA adhesive or a PU glue. For projects that require a very strong bond, contact adhesive is often the best choice.

Can woodworking glues be used on other materials besides wood?

Absolutely. Some woodworking glues, such as PVA glue, can be used on other porous materials such as paper or fabric. Hot melt can also bond foam and ABS. Contact adhesives and cyanoacrylates can also bond plastics, metals and rubber. PU adhesives are suitable for use on all usual building substrates, metals and polyesters.

How strong are woodworking glue joints?

The strength of woodworking glue joints will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of glue used, the preparation of the surfaces being bonded, and the conditions the project will be exposed to. In general, a well-prepared joint using a strong adhesive such as contact or PU glue can be as strong as the wood itself.

Can woodworking glues be used for outdoor projects?

Yes, some woodworking glues, such as external PVA and PU glue, are designed specifically for outdoor use and can withstand exposure to water and weather.

How long does it take for woodworking glue to dry?

The drying time for woodworking glue will depend on the type of glue and the conditions in which it is being used. In general, Hot melt and cyanoacrylates will dry within minutes, PVA glue will dry within a few hours, while contact and PU adhesives may take several hours or even days to dry completely.

Can woodworking glue be removed if a mistake is made?

Yes, it is possible to remove woodworking glue if a mistake is made. PVA glue can be softened with heat and then scraped away, while CA and contact glues can be dissolved with solvents. Hotmelt and PU glue may be more difficult to remove and may require sanding or scraping.

Can woodworking glue be used for furniture repair?

Yes, woodworking glue can be used for furniture repair. In fact, it is often the best choice for repairing joints in furniture as it will bond the wood strongly and permanently.

How long does woodworking glue last once it has been opened?

This will depend on the type of glue and the conditions in which it is stored. In general, most woodworking glues will last for several months to a year once they have been opened, provided they are stored properly and kept tightly sealed. It is important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage and usage.

What are the most common types of woodworking glues?

The most common types of woodworking glues include PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue, hot melt, cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, contact adhesive and polyurethane (PU) glue.

How do I choose the right woodworking glue for my project?

The choice of woodworking glue will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of wood being used, the conditions the project will be exposed to, and the strength required for the joint. In general, PVA glue is a good all-purpose adhesive, while contact adhesive is best for very strong bonds and PU glue is ideal for outdoor projects.

How do I use woodworking glue?

Woodworking glue should be applied to a clean, dry surface and spread evenly over the area to be bonded. The two pieces of wood should be pressed together firmly and allowed to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Can woodworking glue be sanded or stained?

This depends on the type of woodworking glue used. PVA glue dries clear and can be sanded, stained or painted once it has cured. CA glue dries hard and cannot be sanded, while PU glue may need to be sanded down to create a smooth surface.

How do I store woodworking glue?

Woodworking glue should be stored in a cool, dry place and kept tightly sealed when not in use. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for storage and usage to ensure the glue remains effective.

Are woodworking glues safe to use?

Woodworking glues are generally safe to use, but it is important to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions, including wearing protective gear such as gloves and eye protection when handling the glue. Some types of woodworking glue may emit fumes that can be harmful if inhaled, so it is important to work in a well-ventilated area.

Woodworking glues overall

Woodworking adhesives are an essential part of any woodworking project. Whether you’re building a piece of furniture or repairing a broken chair, the right adhesive can make all the difference. By choosing the right adhesive for the job, you can ensure a strong, durable, and long-lasting bond.