If you’ve used inferior wood glue before, you know the pain of watching your project fall apart, even if you followed the instructions down to the letter. You also might think that great wood glue is too expensive for you, but there are a ton of varieties on the market available at different price points.
However, it’s not always clear which are worth the money and which will leave you disappointed when shopping online. Product descriptions alone aren’t always enough to leave you feeling like you made a good choice.
We think that informed consumers make great decisions, which is why we’ve assembled this list of reviews of the best wood glues of 2020. You should be able to use this guide to find the glue that will keep your project bonded for years to come.
|Titebond 1415 III Ultimate 32-Ounce|
|Franklin International 5005 32-Ounce||2 lbs||4.6/5|
|Gorilla Wood Glue 8-ounce 6200022|
|Elmer’s E7300 Carpenter’s 8 Ounces||1 lb||4.2/5|
|Install Bay WOODGLUP Carpenters Glue||1 lb||3.95/5|
The Titebond 1415 III Ultimate 32-Ounce is a clear industry leader when it comes to wood glue. It has great initial tack, which is something that slow-drying glues sometimes lack. It’s Type-1 water-resistant, and while it won’t hold if submerged underwater for extended periods, it will do well to keep outdoor objects held together in rain and humidity. That makes it good for interior or exterior use, so it’s safe to for use on an object that will travel indoors and out.
It’s also approved for incidental food contact and is non-toxic, so it’s fine to use this glue to create food preparation surfaces or to help bind other surfaces that might come in contact with your food. And, even though it’s waterproof, it also cleans up with water, and sands away easily, making it easy to fix any mistakes you made. It provides one of the best bonds on the market, and the only flaw is that it’s a little runny when you first apply it, which means you have to be extra careful with this glue. Overall, it’s the best thing on the market, and it’s a great choice for woodworkers who need a superior bond.
The Franklin International 5005 32-Ounce is Titebond II or the little brother of the Titebond III that earns the top spot on our list. Consequently, this wood glue is very good, but worse than the top model in a couple of key areas. It comes with Type-II water resistance, which means it’s good for incidental water contact, so it should stand up to rain or humidity just fine. It’s also billed as primarily for exterior use, so that’s a good thing. Like it’s big brother, it’s safe for incidental food contact, so it’s safe to use on potential eating areas.
It also sets completely in 24 hours, though you may be able to get by with less drying time in some circumstances. It’s less runny than the Titebond III, so you might like using it more, though that will vary from person to person. The only problem with this glue is the price. It’s not quite as good as the Titebond III, but it costs nearly as much, which means there’s not a compelling reason to buy this instead of our top choice. Overall, this is a fine glue, but it’s edged out in most categories by the Titebond III.
The Gorilla Wood Glue 8-ounce 6200022 is a great choice if you don’t need that much glue and want to score a great deal on wood glue. The best thing about this glue is how inexpensive it is. You can get it for a fraction of what you’d be paying for the top two models on our list. It’s also fast drying. While it takes 24 hours to set completely, you only have to clamp for 20 to 30 minutes, which means you may be able to use the object in less time.
It has Type-II water resistance, which puts it on par with the Titebond II that ranks higher than this glue on our list. It also dries clear, which is a useful feature when you’re trying to repair a surface that is pitted or cracked. You can fill the gap with this glue, and then sand it down and stain it to match the rest of the object. What ultimately keeps this model out of the top two is its delivery system. The bottle is stiff, which makes it hard to dispense the glue. However, if you’re looking for a great deal, this is your best choice.
Elmer’s E7300 Carpenter’s 8 Ounces is a glue that could be first on a different list but has just enough downside to fall to fourth on ours. It’s inexpensive, but not as inexpensive as our best value pick. It’s heat, mold, and mildew resistant, and includes Type-1 water resistance which makes it great for outdoor use. It’s non-toxic, which means it’s safe for anyone to use. It also includes wood fibers in the glue, which means it has a better texture when dry, and takes stain exceptionally well.
However, the bottle it comes in features a horrible nozzle. It has a habit of cracking during transport, even when handled gently, but it also is difficult to close after your first use and tends to stick close on subsequent uses, which is a pain to deal with. It also dries brown, not clear. That means it will look good on certain surfaces, but if you’re not going to stain the object, it’s not going to look good on white, yellow, light brown, or redwoods. It has an excellent bond and a lot of great features, but it dries a funny color, which knocks it down to fourth on our list.
The Install Bay WOODGLUP Carpenters Glue is an average, run-of-the-mill glue that retails at a price that would make you think it was something truly special. It’s almost the most expensive glue on this list, despite the fact that there’s nothing particularly distinctive about it. It’s a strange product, as Install Bay mostly makes parts for cars and car audio systems, which might explain why it’s such an underwhelming product. It sets fast and holds reasonably well, but that’s the bare minimum for wood glue. This glue would have a lot more upside to rise higher on our list.
Mystifyingly, it’s not a waterproof glue. All of the other wood glues on our list are at least Type-II water-resistant, and many claim to be Type-I waterproof as well. That means you’re limited exclusively to indoor use with this wood glue, as a hint of humidity or rain could tear your project apart. Again, given how expensive this glue is on a per-ounce basis, you’d like to get a lot more value out of your purchase. Unfortunately, this glue doesn’t live up to the price you’ll pay for it, making it a very poor buy.
The Titebond 1415 III Ultimate 32-Ounce is our favorite wood glue due to its waterproof nature, easy water-based cleanup, and good initial tack. The Franklin International 5005 32-Ounce, also known as Titebond II, is an inferior version of our top pick, but still has Type-II water resistance and sets fast, earning it second place. The Gorilla Wood Glue 8-ounce 6200022 is the best value for the money on our list, due to its low price, clear drying, and Type-II water resistance. Elmer’s E7300 Carpenter’s 8 Ounces is a great glue that features mildew and mold resistance and contains wood fibers for texture and color, but it doesn’t dry clear, which drops it to fourth on our list. The Install Bay WOODGLUP Carpenters Glue is expensive and not water-resistant, which means it comes in last on our list.
We hope that our reviews have given you some insight into the world of wood glues. Since not all glues are created equally, we hope that we’ve given you enough information to find the right glue for your next project, and the confidence to buy.
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