|One Ton of Milligan and Higgins Glue|
In my somewhat distinguished and long career as a woodworker, I can say with confidence that I have never been concerned about running out of wood glue. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I actually went out of the shop to a store to buy glue. Of course I do go from time to time to places like Home Depot to get something and then I usually walk by the isle of glue and wonder what all that stuff is good for? Gorilla glue, Titebond, Elmers, epoxy, contact cement, "super" glue...how confusing. Don't even take the time to ask a salesman which glue should I use. The answer you will get depends on what glue they sell the most or which glue they need to sell more of. I can guarantee that the salesman who is advising you has never used any glue for any reason.
As a furniture conservator in private practice I have seen the results of amateur woodworkers trying to repair broken furniture by following the advice of these young salesmen.
WARNING!! THE FOLLOWING IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING TO WOODWORKERS.
Here are a few examples:
|Hot Melt Craft Glue Gun|
|Gorilla Glue Failure|
|For Some Reason This Repair Failed Also|
|Yellow Glue Failure|
|Even Nails Do Not Help|
Various forms of "yellow" glue are essentially a type of plastic. It doesn't flow well and has a weak resistance to creep. If the joint is not properly clamped quick enough the glue creates a thick layer which really doesn't stick to any surface completely, but must be removed using invasive methods before a proper repair can be done.
|Yellow Glue on top of Protein Glue|
IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR PERHAPS YOU CAN APPRECIATE THE FOLLOWING:
|I Repeat: WTF???|
|This is NO Way to Treat a Lady!|
I am an old hippy, but when I see work like this I just want to do bodily harm to the perp.
This was the repair made to a French Napoleon III card table as an effort to attach the leg. Perhaps the best feature was the inclusion of the twisted steel staple, perhaps as a last resort. You should know that removing these staples causes more damage than you can imagine.
Here is my repair using protein glue, of course! (Matching veneer added later)
And now, something completely different!
|Glue Block Rubbed in with Hot Glue|
Time for another installment of the Fine Woodworking series: Hide Glue and Rub Joints