Which wood glue do I use?
In my home workshop I have 3 different glues that I use for my DIY furniture projects. Here's some advice on choosing the right wood glue for your next DIY project.
Ponal Wood Glue
Ponal wood glue is invaluable for anyone who works with timber and board for their DIY projects. It's also the best glue to use if you make use of a Biscuit Joiner or use dowels in projects.
Ponal wood glue has a runny consistency that is easy to apply when joining furniture with a Biscuit Joiner. The biscuits easily absorb the glue and swell to provide a strong joint. It's also easily absorbed by dowels, making ideal for projects where dowels are used. Due to its runny consistency it is absorbed into the surface of timber and board, providing a strong joint.
While Ponal wood glue states it is water-resistant, I would recommend this glue if you plan on making furniture or projects for outdoors. In this case, I recommend Alcolin Ultra wood glue..
Alcolin Wood Glue
Alcolin wood glue is available in several variants and the thicker consistency of this wood glue means less runs and drips.
Use Alcolin Fast Set wood glue on oily woods or where fast setting is required, such as when clamping timber or board. This product offers excellent adhesion when using pine or medium-hardwoods and board products.
Use Alcolin Ultra wood glue for all your outdoor projects. The water-based glue is waterproof and offers quick setting time.
Pattex No More Nails
I use this product purely on decoration pieces, or where joints do not have to bear any load or stress. It isn't absorbed into the board or timber, so not a very strong joint and not ideal for most DIY woodworking projects.
Keep a tube of Pattex No More Nails in your workshop for when you need to attach moulding or trim, or for decorative projects in and around the home.
When staining timber projects, quickly wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth. Wood glue will spoil a stain finish.