This is 16 Awesome Reasons to Use Titebond Wood Glue. Woodworkers use a lot of wood glue, and as a new woodworker, seeing all the glues on the shelf can be overwhelming. Let me fix that for you. The only wood glue you need is Titebond, and I’ll give you 16 awesome reasons why. Enjoy.
Woodworkers and Glue Salesmen
Woodworking is a market, like any other market. If there are people interested in things, there will be other people ready to sell them the items they need to pursue their interest. This is economics 101, and how the entire world works.
Wood glue is no different. There are a ton of manufacturers that produce wood glue, and it comes under many different company names. At the end of the day, there are minor differences between the best of them, and major differences when you look at the worst.
As a new woodworker, all you need is a good glue that won’t let you down. You don’t need seven different types of wood glue, or to read a hundred studies. You just need one great wood glue that will work for your projects. That’s Titebond.
Here is a quick summary of why Titebond is the best wood glue for your woodworking projects. Later in the post, I will go into more detail on each of these points.
Here is the List:
- Titebond is the Leading Wood Glue Brand
- Over 60 Year Track Record of Success
- Specially Designed for Woodworking Projects
- Waterproof and Exterior Glues are Available Too
- Strong and Quick Initial Tack
- 4-6 Minutes of Open Assembly Time
- Only 30 Minutes of Clamping Needed
- Two Year Shelf Life in the Bottle
- Stronger Than the Wood Itself When Cured
- Only Need Water to Clean Up
- Non-Toxic and Safe Adhesive
- Sands Easily When Dry
- Creates Nearly Invisible Glue Lines
- Strong Heat Resistance
- Inexpensive for How Long it Lasts
- Save Money Buying Titebond in Bulk
Titebond is the Leading Wood Glue Brand
Titebond is the leading wood glue brand in the industry and a professional grade aliphatic resin glue, also called AR glue. It’s chosen several times more than the other competitors, and for many great reasons that you are about to read. The woodworkers of the world have spoken, and they pick Titebond as their wood glue.
When you evaluate a wood glue, especially as a beginner, it makes sense to look at what others in the field are already using. If lots of woodworkers are using a certain product, it makes sense that the product is good.
The opposite is true as well. When all the woodworkers in the world run away from something, it means there is a problem with the product. Given the more than 5 to 1 ratio where woodworkers choose Titebond over other glues, the woodworkers of the world are telling you something.
Over 60 Year Track Record of Success
This also means they have spent the time and energy that it takes to invest in understanding their product. They test, formulate, and constantly ensure that their glue is performing well. Their track record is one of excellence.
The glue that Titebond makes for your woodworking projects is founded on 60 years of research, creation, and knowledge. There are so many forces at work to create your perfect wood glue, and you can’t go wrong with that kind of support.
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Specially Designed for Woodworking Projects
Unlike all purpose glues, Titebond has been formulated for interior woodworking projects, and wood to wood joints. This is the only thing it was made for, and the only thing that the company spends time optimizing.
This product was not made to be good for ten different things, it was made to be outstanding for just one thing. When it comes to buying a product that is made for sticking one piece of wood to another piece of wood, Titebond was made for that one purpose.
The nice thing about a purpose made product is that you don’t have to worry about something else being better. Most products that are meant to work well with everything tend to fall short in some or most categories. Titebond is not like that, and it’s the best for your wood to wood joints.
Waterproof and Exterior Glues are Available Too
Titebond is not just a one trick pony when it comes to glue. They took their knowledge and applied it to making waterproof and exterior glues too. This means, no matter your application, you can rest assured that Titebond has you covered.
Their mid level glue is a water resistant glue with a slightly stronger adhesion that their original glue, and comes in a blue bottle. This is great when you need protection from the occasional water exposure, and it’s called Titebond II.
Their other glue is an exterior grade water proof glue that is a bit stronger than the mid level, and is a little darker in color. You can use this if you like, but be aware that the glue lines will be a little darker. For an exterior project that will get wet, Titebond III is your best choice.
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Strong and Quick Initial Tack
Titebond has a very strong initial tack. This is the feeling of attraction that two pieces of wood get when the glue joint is closed. It’s initial grab sets the tone for your entire gluing experience, and needs to be strong.
Poor quality glues are slippery and slimy at first. When you are trying to keep several pieces from falling apart, and your glue is slippery, it’s a problem. Instead of going through that trouble, use Titebond and you will not have to worry about it.
Also, that great tack means you can assemble easier, because you aren’t chasing pieces around the bench. Your pieces will slide less when clamped, which means you will ruin less glue jobs because the pieces won’t more around.
It’s devastating to glue up a whole pile of wood and come back to find out that the pieces slid around and now your efforts were wasted. Titebond’s quick tack will help you see any issues right away so you can correct them before they become permanent.
4-6 Minutes off Open Assembly Time
Even though this woodworking glue has a tight initial grab, it still gives you plenty of working time. Titebond has a 4-6 minute window where you can get everything placed and clamped before the glue starts to really set up.
Some glues can take a lot longer, and some glues are a lot shorter.
The shorter glues are tricky to work with. If you don’t get your joint right on the first try, and in a short time, you might end up scraping and cleaning off the half dried glue before you can start again.
The opposite is not as much of a problem, but longer open time glues tend to not have the initial tack strength, which is helpful when clamping. Besides, once you have the clamps in place, you want that glue to start curing and bond your pieces tight.
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Only 30 Minutes of Clamping Needed
One of the wonders of Titebond is that you only need 30 minutes of clamping time to set the initial bond. After that, you can handle the piece. The only thing you should avoid is putting a lot of stress on the joint.
A quick clamp time means a faster build. Under normal circumstances, you might have to wait several hours or overnight before you can handle your work with some glues. This easily adds more time to the build, and makes the process take longer.
With Titebond, after 30 minutes you’re free to handle the piece. This means you get to go to the next step faster. In the end, making your projects with more speed can mean a more efficient use of your limited shop time.
Two Year Shelf Life in the Bottle
Titebond also has a good shelf life. The product will last for up to two years if you store it in a climate controlled area, and in the bottle. This is huge, and it benefits you in several different ways as a woodworker.
First, you can buy more and not have to worry about it drying out. When you buy wood glue in bulk, you get a deal. If you buy a larger container, you won’t ave to worry about it going bad on you, especially if you are going to use it in two years.
The longer shelf life also means less chance of ruining a project by using bad glue. Sometimes, you will forget when you bought your last batch of glue. As long as you don’t think it was over two years ago, you can use the glue you have with more confidence.
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Stronger Than Wood Itself When Cured
One of the most interesting properties about wood glue is that the glue is stronger than the wood itself when cured. This is a great advantage for any woodworker, because you don’t have to worry about using a weaker product.
Wood is very strong, especially when you consider weight. You, and many other woodworkers use wood for that reason. Adding in something that is not as strong as the wood itself is not a good way of putting two pieces of wood together.
Titebond is not like that. When you break a joint with Titebond as the adhesive, you will notice that the joint will break on one side of the joint or the other. It will not break through the glue. This is a demonstration that the glue is stronger than the wood, because the wood gives up first.
Only Need Water to Clean Up
When you start gluing things together, you will inevitably find out that cleaning up runny glue is not a lot of fun. Thankfully, Titebond has you covered. All you need is water and a rag, and you can easily clean any excess before the glue sets.
One way to know you have a well coated glue joint is to see some glue come out of the joint when the clamps are applied. A little glue is a good thing, however sometimes we can all go overboard and you may end up with a lot of glue to clean up.
When this happens, just reach for a wet rag, and wipe off the wood surface. Go back several times, and rinse out the rag as needed. You can clean up all of the glue easily, and it’s much better than waiting for it to dry.
Dried glue on the wood will actually sink into the surface a little. That’s how glue works. This means you need to sand beyond the surface level to remove it all. It’s far easier to wipe up the wet glue with a rag than go through all that sanding later.
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Non-Toxic and Safe Adhesive
Titebond is non-toxic when cured, and FDA approved for indirect food contact. Now, nobody is recommending that you eat the stuff, but its good to know that the product you are using for your wooden creations is not overly toxic.
We all only have so many years of woodworking in us. The less we associate with overly toxic, caustic, and dangerous chemicals, the longer we can enjoy our craft. This goes for any chemical, including wood glue.
Think about how often you get glue on your fingers, hands, and clothes. You do not want to have to worry about the chemicals in your adhesive shortening your life, and reducing the amount of time you have to be a woodworker, or a parent, or anything else worth living for.
Titebond Sands Easily When Dry
After you remove your clamps, you will always have a little glue to get rid of. This is completely normal, and part of the gluing process. The nice thing about Titebond? It sands really easily after it’s dry.
First, use a chisel to remove the big and thick areas. Sometimes, these can happen around clamp feet, and these thicker areas do take longer to sand. Instead, just chisel them off, and be careful not to mar the surface of the wood when you do.
After that, start with 100 grit sandpaper, and that should power through most of the glue. To smooth the area out after you remove the glue, you can switch to 220. If you still have work to do on your piece, just remove the glue with the 100 grit, and save the finish sanding for the end.
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Creates Nearly Invisible Glue Lines
One secret to woodworking is making it look like several pieces of wood are really only one piece of wood. There are several factors that go into pulling off this look, but one of them is the line that is left by the glue you use.
Assuming you make a good joint, and you pick out the right way to glue the boards together to make the grain look uniform, your only real factor left is your glue line. Titebond has you covered though, because their glue lines are very light.
All glues will leave a line. On the micro level, there is a tiny layer of glue between those two pieces of wood, and it may not be very thick, but it does have thickness. From the edge, you will see a sliver of this line even in the best glue jobs. Titebond is great though, because you will barely if at all see the line, and it won’t be easy in a well made joint.
Strong Heat Resistance
Heat in general is the enemy of wood glue. If you get your joint too hot, you will weaken or break the bond of the glue. This means your project falls apart, and you get to start over. This is not fun, and a complete waste of time.
Now, while you can’t make projects for your oven with Titebond, it does have a really good resistance to heat. The most common time you will run into an issue with heat is actually when you are sanding, which surprises most woodworkers.
Built up friction turns into heat, and if you are over sanding an area with a glue joint, you can unintentionally weaken that glue joint. A couple things you can do to protect your joints on top of using Titebond are to make sure that you don’t build up a lot of heat while sanding.
Also, check your piece from time to time. As areas get warmer, move to another area. On most pieces, there is plenty to sand. This means you can move a lot. Make sure to turn the piece and sand new areas frequently, and you won’t have to worry about weakening your glue.
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Inexpensive for How Long it Lasts
Titebond is not the least expensive woodworking glue on the market. It’s also not the most expensive. However, for how much you get, and for how long it lasts, you are getting a deal on the best way to stick one piece of wood to another.
Even a medium bottle of Titebond will last a long time for the casual users. Obviously the more you make the more you will use, but for hobby woodworkers a single bottle can last a very long time. This is great, and the cost is very low.
Start out with a medium bottle as a beginner. This is a good test amount. If you end up using it really quickly, then switch to the bigger bottles explained in the next section. If you end up having it for a long time, then maybe grab the smaller bottle on your second purchase.
Save Money Buying Titebond in Bulk
You can get a gallon of Titebond for about the same price as a couple of the medium bottles. If you are making a lot of things, or you just like buying in bulk and rolling in the savings, then buy a gallon and a couple small applicator bottles.
You can find the gallons in some local stores, but it’s easiest online. Amazon will give you the best deal, and if you have Prime, they will get it to your house in two days minimum. I have Prime, and I sometimes get things the same day for no additional charge.
Once you have your big jug of glue, fill a couple smaller applicator bottles. These are great, because they have longer applications tips, and they can get into tighter places. they are also lighter, and easier to work with.
Once you do the gallon and bottles method, you will never go back. It’s much easier, and you seem like you never ever run out of glue.
Now that you have made it to the end, you really should just buy a bottle of Titebond and give it a try. I am sure that you will love the product, and that it will become your go to woodworking glue from that moment forward.
I have been using Titebond since I used to take my Dad’s bottle from the shop when I was making things as a kid. At that time, it was magic props, which I was making because I couldn’t afford to buy them.
Since that early moment, Titebond has never let me down. I have never had a joint break, never had a project fail due to the glue, and never once had anything bad to say about Titebond. They don’t pay me for any of this, though I wouldn’t stop them if they did. My goal is for you to have a wonderful experience in woodworking with one less thing to worry about.
Get a bottle already, you will be happy you did.
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