Popular Woodworking 2009-08 № 177, страница 48

Popular Woodworking 2009-08 № 177, страница 48

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Delve into the characteristics and properties ofthe 7 families of glue and adhesives.


K, so you consider yourself a woodworker. Lei's say thai your neighbor asks you what appears to be a simple woodworking quesl ion: "What's the best glue to use when making something out ofwood?" How would you answer lhal? Most modem woodworkers use pretly much one type of glue or more 5pecificallyone"color"ofglue. So with some trepidation you answer by saying, "Yellow glue (sometimes referred to as carpenters' glue) is the best glue for woodworking." Would you really be comfortable with that response or would you question your own answer?

Really, in the world of woodworking, "What's the best glue?" is one ofthe toughest questions, with lots and lots of varying opinions However the fact is that yellow glue is one of many choices, but not always the best choice.

I tell people all the time that the goal of woodworking is to make fum iture that your ch ildren's ch i Idren wi 11 fight over to see who gets those pieces grandpa made - not fight to see who has to take those pieces.

In 20 plus years, if your work requires maintenance because the glue joints have failenapart.yourtitleasaworld-classcrafts-man would no longer stick. (I just couldn't resist lhal.)


A hundred years ago an article like this wouldn't have existed because there was basically only one type of glue. Possibly in the future an article like this won't exist either because science might develop that perfect glue for every application.

Who knows - it might be that someday

well no longer work wit h "liquid" glue s t hat require spreading on the mating surfaces, bui work with a "solid" material that comes in thin sheets t hat you simply cut to size and place between the mating surfaces.

To activate this space-age glue might involve pressure or heat or maybe flashing

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