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Wood Glue

Types of wood adhesives and their uses

gorilla glue

Making sure you choose the best wood glue is essential. Using the wrong adhesive is pointless, you might as well not use any at all. Below are a few common areas that come up during carpentry work where you will need glue and which type I use for the job.

Gorilla glue is a ridiculously strong glue and it sticks to foam, metal, glass, ceramics, stone, wood - almost anything!. It's 100% waterproof, so is good for indoor or outdoor use. It can also be sanded, stained and painted. I don't just use it for loads of carpentry jobs but generally around the house too.

General wood glue

PVA wood glue

For general carpentry work PVA wood glue is best. Use it for skirting and architrave mitres, MDF, sticking mouldings to timber, beadings etc. Waterproof PVA glue is also available for external carpentry jobs like decking balustrades and fascia mitres.

Best wood glue for mitres

mitre adhesive

During finish carpentry work when gluing mitres on things like skirting boards, architrave mitres, kitchen cornices, crown moulding etc the best wood glue you can use is a miter adhesive.

This glue has two parts, the first you spread on one mitre and then the activator sprays onto the second. Once the activator has dried you hold the two together for 10 seconds and the mitre is solid! If you want a cheaper glue then use PVA wood adhesive. It won't grab the two pieces together like a contact adhesive but grips well when it goes off after half an hour or so.

Fixing timber to the wall


When gluing timber to walls like when fixing skirting, shelf battens and that sort of thing I use a grab adhesive like gripfill or no more nails. Gripfill can also be used for small gap filling jobs, and I know chippies who's plaster boarding isn't that great and they use it for their gaps and to stick boards together so there's little chance of joints moving after plastering. I always have a tube of 'grippa' in my tool bag it's useful for loads of jobs.

MDF skirting boards

no more nails
When sticking MDF skirting boards to drylined walls I use no more nails and pin them in place with my nailgun. The long nail gun pins hold the boards in place until the wood glue goes off, and you can also use it to fill along the top edge of the skirting like decorators caulk..

Doors and window frames


Ok, you don't 'glue' door/window frames in as such. But a great way to hold them in place while you fix them in difficult situations is to use expanding foam. This stuff can get you out of the sh*t! My old Victorian house was a nightmare to get a decent fixing for the front door frame because the old bricks were loose, crumbling and just shattered when you try and drill them. I used expanding foam to stick and hold the frame in place before it was plastered in on one side and rendered the other. It's great for filling all sorts of gaps, a recent customer of mine used it to plug holes in the fascia to stop mice getting into their loft!

Best wood glue for kitchen and bathroom worktops?

clears silicone

There are different types of worktops. Hardwood like Beech I use clear silicone (unless the instructions that come with the tops say otherwise) in the joints after they've been sealed with plenty of coats of oil. For Formica worktops I use Evostick contact adhesive. You put a coat on each edge and when its touch dry put the two together and cramp them up, solid.

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