How to Pick the Best Wood Glue

Asking an experienced group of woodworkers which glue they prefer will likely yield an equal number of answers for as many craftsmen as there are in the room. For the most part, that probably has to do with the fact that different glues work best in different situations, but it would be nice to know if, given all of the same conditions, could any one product be labeled the “best wood glue?” We will attempt to answer this question.

At the outset, I began by asking all of my woodworker buddies which glue they would use if they were constructing a relatively complex table out of pine. For the most part, the most popular choice for best wood glue is Titebond II or Titebond III, and it’s easy to see why. It is very easy to use, and it provides exceptional strength. There may not be a perfect wood glue, but most would agree¬† that Titebond products come pretty close. Other suggestions here included Yellow Glue, and Gorilla Glue. Gorilla should probably be discounted a little bit, as it came from the most amateur of the builders, and in this author’s opinion, simply isn’t a great product.

Of course, we are an epoxy blog, and for that reason, we favor two part glues for their unsurpassed strength and durability. Additionally, epoxies offer a number of different consistencies and styles to fit just about any project, and can be modified to suit a specific purpose. Maybe I’m biased, but I can’t help but include a two part epoxy such as System Three’s General Purpose, as mentioned in our thread on doming resin, when we talk about the best wood glues.

So, hey, if you thought we were going to conclude with the number 1 wood glue, you’re probably a bit disappointed, but that’s kind of the way things go… more often than not, there isn’t a best of anything 100% of the time. Finding the best wood glue for your project should first involve a thorough evaluation of your specific project, and an honest appraisal of your preferences.

What we have done here is offer up a selection of products that are tough to go wrong with – the Titebond glues are great, you’ll have a hard time going wrong here. Yellow glue is also fantastic, and has a deserved cult-like following. If you’re looking at epoxy, and trying to find a winner in that category, System Three makes the best products for my money. Hope this helps, best of luck in your hunt for your ideal wood glue.

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