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A Guide to Different Wood Glue


Hot melt glue is a functional adhesive that is both dangerous and fun to use. And you can use it to bond wood tightly. Cylindrical glue sticks, sold in a variety of lengths and diameters, insert into a glue gun which then heats and melts the glue. Commercial hot melt glue also is available in pellets and blocks that you heat in melt pots or machines for large applications. You should be more careful when you use hot melt glue because the gun and the glue can hurt your skin.

Wood glue is a strong adhesive sealant used to hold pieces of wood tightly together. There are many different instances where wood glue can and should be used. Different wood glues have different functions. Some helpful ideas about different wood glues can help determine which is the best type for a particular project. The ‘gap filling’ qualities of some wood glues are substandard compared to others. Some wood glues bond well to wooden surfaces but not to themselves. Therefore, they cannot cope with excessive weight or too much movement.

Phenol Formaldehyde Resin

Phenol formaldehyde resin is usually associated with the manufacture of plywood. It is the resin glue that is used between the layers of wood to create the ply. Therefore, using it as a wood glue for projects that involve plywood is perfect. It is a ‘gap filling’ glue and it will bond perfectly to itself or other types of wood. It is also highly ‘creep’ resistant and will not move under strains of heavy weight.

Hobby Glue

Many hobbies involve the use of balsa wood or other light woods and hobby glue is made for these projects. It is commonly used to fit a modeler or hobbyist rather than heavy wood projects like furniture or joinery. Hobby glue is commonly known as school glue or PVA glue and it totally non-toxic.

When to use wood glue


Wood glue can be used when you discover a break in one of your wooden fixtures or pieces of furniture. Small amounts of wood glue are very strong and the wood glue will bond any broken pieces of wood back together. Wood glue will solidify, which means you can sand it after it has dried to remove excess blobs and patches. This will help your repair work using wood glue to look more professional.


A main use for wood glue is for holding. This is when the wood glue will act as a holding agent before you attach large bolts or screws, which will secure pieces of wood together permanently. Wood glue will wear down faster than a strong bolt or screw. You should do this by using large screws to fix the pieces of wood. The screws will take the main weight of the wood while the glue you applied will act as additional support.


If you want to decorate your home, you can use wood glue. A good example of this will be wooden skirting boards and frames. All you will have to do is run a large amount of wood glue along the back of a wooden skirting board or frame. This will help stick the item to a wall while you secure it more efficiently. Wood glue is the fastest way to add a final decoration to a wooden fixture or piece of furniture. Wood glue can also be used to fix down wooden tiles in a room in a discrete way.