Globs of glue

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Glue is a staple of what we do in the woodshop, but you might be surprised at how many kinds you have. I know I was.

Face it: There would be no woodworking – or any other kind of working – without glue, which is why we all have plenty of it. I secured a doorbell cover with some Duco household glue yesterday, and as I put it away I realized that I have a lot of glue, and not all of it for wood.

Starting with wood glues, though, I have three kinds of yellow glue, probably what we all use the most. I have it in regular, water-resistant and waterproof. Also for wood I have several kinds of epoxy (including some two-part epoxy putty), and a few formulations of cyanoacrylate “super” glue.

I have, but rarely use, hide glue, in both liquid and soluble solid form. Speaking of rare use, there’s a container of polyurethane glue in my cabinet, although I have no idea why since I hate the stuff. And, while it’s a stretch to say that it’s for woodworking, I also have a number of construction adhesives such as Liquid Nails, Power Grab and a couple more. Of course, as a homeowner I have a good supply of various caulks, which are essentially adhesives themselves.

Miscellaneous glues include that general-purpose Duco household cement I mentioned earlier, several tubes of E6000 (a great reversible adhesive), a can of Weldwood contact cement, and a can of spray contact adhesive I use most often to adhere patterns to workpieces. And since I also work with plastics I have glues for styrene, PVC and ABS. Finally, in a drawer I keep a small container of kids’ school glue, the kind that comes in twisty lipstick-style tubes, and I find lots of odd uses for that.

The funny part is that with the exception of that polyurethane glue (which I really should throw out), all of my glues are fresh and in usable condition, meaning that I use it regularly enough that none of it goes bad. Not sure that I could say the same thing about a lot of other shop staples.

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