Wood is one of the most widely used resources in workshops, small and large projects and various repairs, so it is not surprising that there are many varieties of glue for this material.
Depending on the practical and aesthetic needs that your project requires, you need to find a product that meets your requirements: strength, flexibility, safety or a good finish are qualities that you should take into account when choosing.
5 Best Wood Glue for Furniture
Sometimes relying on a classic brand product is the best way to play it safe. The Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max by Elmer’s Products reflects the consistency and safety the brand has offered for its 60 years in a good, convenient and powerful enough glue.
Simplicity and effectiveness
This product holds especially well in small household projects, although its strength ensures its effectiveness in more complicated outdoor projects.
It is a high-quality glue, whose formula delivers superior bond strength and stainability, offering easy water clean up.
Also, it is very convenient to apply thanks to its container, in which the lid seals well so that the glue stays fresh for a long time.
It is a straightforward product, whose simplicity allows it to be almost problem-free. Almost. It is likely that if you go a little overboard with the quantity, the glue will not have a transparent final appearance, but somewhat opaque or yellowish. Maybe, you wanted it to be more clear instead of natural.
- Resists heat, water mold, and mildew
- Sandable, paintable
- Non-toxic, no harmful fumes
- Convenient container that allows for a long shelf life
- Takes a full day to cure completely
- Opaque appearance if applied excessively
The versatile but powerful glue from the wildest brand in the industry is ideal for use on hardwoods, softwoods, and natural wood composites. Being a PVA glue, offers the benefits of an easy-to-use, water-based adhesive, with the holding power Gorilla is known for.
The glue of those who need strong stuff
Gorilla makes sure that its products are suitable for use on projects by any woodworkers, carpenters, and hobbyists, so it passes ANSI/HPVA Type II water-resistance and offers one of the highest strength on the market. So be careful not to accidentally glue your hand to the chair while assembling it.
Water-based solution adhesives are perishable and so extended storage is difficult. On the other hand, to be as effective as possible, it is necessary to prepare the surface by sanding using higher grit sandpaper.
- Gorilla holding power ensures strength and durability
- Water-based reduces the risk of exposure to toxicity
- Once opened, it does not remain functional for too long
- Requires surface pre-preparation to achieve the powerful result
If you want unsurpassed value in a weather-resistant wood-glue, this might be the product to take. With a strong initial tack for clamp-free gluing, it resists solvents, heat, and mildew for a long-term, reliable bond, from another of the sector’s leading brands.
The balance between strength and flexibility
We found this product especially useful for joints: not too hard or brittle, which could make them separate, and not too soft or gummy, which could make them flex. Like many wood glues, it dries significantly darker than it looks in a liquid state, and the color of the wood comes naturally.
It really doesn’t offer any relevant problems, beyond, as with almost all wood glues, it shrinks as it dries, so be careful where you apply it!
- Dries to the color of wood
- Shrinks as it dries
Another somewhat older product from the flagship brand Titebond, the predecessor range to Ultimate is cheap, reliable, and well worth the value and adhesive properties.
Excellent for work in the garden
It offers excellent water-resistance and sandability, ideal for exterior applications, including outdoor furniture, birdhouses, planters, mailboxes, and picnic tables. It is solvent-free, non-toxic, and approved for indirect food contact, which provides confidence and safety for all kinds of situations.
Titebond II is water-resistant, not waterproof. If you’re looking for a waterproof version, you should try Titebond III, which is, indeed, a bit stronger also.
- Non-toxic and suitable for indirect food contact
- Good sandability
- Cheaper than other products
- Not waterproof
- Slightly weaker
KwikWood is a hand mix putty designed to repair and rebuild wood. After mixing, it dries to the same density as the wood and becomes an integral part of the repair, making it virtually indistinguishable.
Ultra-fast and innovative
To activate it, must be kneed together with fingers quite a bit; it takes 15-25 minutes to set and cures in 1 hour, with a light tan color ending, repairing and restoring at the very first time. For use on exterior or interior applications, it contains no solvents, will not rot, shrink, crack or pull away.
You should only cut as much as you’ll use within 5-10 minutes because it will become less pliable over time, as it is an epoxy putty. In addition, you need to mix it thoroughly for about 2-3 minutes, with the correct mixing ratio. It will paint like wood but the stain doesn’t soak in.
- Nice color ending
- Ultra-fast dry
- It integrates with the repair
- Will not crack or shrink
- A little uncomfortable to knead and apply
- 2 years shelf-lif
- Not stainable
In this review we have combined classic products from leading brands such as Elmer’s Products, Gorilla or Titebond with other innovative applications of wood glue.
Gorilla Wood Glue or Titebond III may be your options to consider if your interest is in exceptional strength and toughness, while Inc Elmer’s or Titebond II may be great choices if you are looking for decent quality for a moderate price.
If what you need is a perfect finish that integrates well with your repair, we would certainly go for the KwikWood product. In any case, our recommendation is that you analyze well the conditions to which you are going to submit the final product and look for a characteristic that allows that environment in our overviews.