Quick Tip: Wood Glues

Consult these general guidelines to choose the best wood glues for your future woodworking projects.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 11:49 AM


There are three kinds of adhesives that work best on wood. Polyvinyl resin glue, or white glue, works for china, paper, and wood, but it’s not waterproof. Neither is aliphatic resin glue (or carpenter’s glue), which is quick-drying and stronger than white glue. For outside, there’s resorcinol—formaldehyde glue. It’s waterproof and good for doors, windows, and moldings.

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