Best Wood Glue in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2018
Wood glue is a type of fluid adhesive that will help you in a variety of different carpentry or woodworking projects. It might seem like an easy choice to make but there's quite a lot that goes into different formulas, so we're here to help you with that. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Application Temperature
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PROS

Described as an advanced proprietary polymer, this glue combines the ease of use of PVAs and aliphatic glues and the water resistance of polyurethane. It boasts much longer open time and noticeably higher viscosity. The substance is suitable not just for wood but also leather and cloth.

CONS

Might lead to irritations if you get some on your skin. 

OUR VERDICT

This quick-drying, fast-acting adhesive is on par with the strongest glues out there when it comes to the sheer persistence. When fully cured, it sands off without softening. The formula is solvent-free and the substance is heat- and mildew-resistant.

detailed parameters
Application

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above +7°С

Water Resistance

Type I water-resistance

Open Time

30 minutes

Assembly Time

24 hours

Colour When Dry

Translucent, creamy

Safety

Non-toxic and solvent-free, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved

Volume

473 ml

PROS

This wood glue works just as well when it is 5 degrees Celcius outside or 25. Once fully cured, the glue is capable of withstanding temperature fluctuations between -20°C and +60°C without losing its adhesive properties. You can use it to seal chip boards or any other porous material.

CONS

The substance thickens over time, so it becomes progressively more difficult to squeeze it out. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a bonding agent for joining two pieces of wood together, you can't really go wrong with this one. It sets fast and forms a bond stronger than the wood itself. Plus, it can be used outdoors and indoors regardless of the temperature.

detailed parameters
Application

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

+5°C to +25°C

Water Resistance

Type D3 waterproof

Open Time

5 - 10 minutes

Assembly Time

24 hours

Colour When Dry

Clear

Safety

Non-toxic, easy to clean up with water

Volume

500 ml

PROS

The formula doesn't incorporate any harmful fumes. It is solvent-free. It doesn't include toxic substances. You can use it with decorative furniture. The glue requires no more than 20 minutes (depending on the material) of clamp time. It is sandable and paintable. 

CONS

The natural wood colour doesn't mesh well with other materials. 

OUR VERDICT

Gorilla 5044181 will prove to be equally suitable for aspiring handyman, passionate DIY enthusiasts, professional carpenters, or an average customer that doesn't care too much about woodworking. Its safety properties make the glue flexible enough for a variety of applications.

detailed parameters
Application

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

N / A

Water Resistance

Type D3 waterproof

Open Time

5-10 minutes

Assembly Time

24 hours

Colour When Dry

Natural wood color

Safety

Non-toxic, No harmful fumes, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved

Volume

532 ml

PROS

The product has a strong initial tack. The assembly time of this adhesive doesn't take more than 10 to 15 minutes. That means far less "hold" time and a lot more productivity. It is FDA approved for indirect food contact, making this adhesive suitable for culinary hardware applications.

CONS

Doesn't work that well under cold temperature conditions.

OUR VERDICT

The Titebond 5004 II liquid adhesive has quite a lot going for it. It is as good as any wood glue as far as your everyday woodworking applications are concerned. But, on top of that, the formula is surprisingly great for radio frequency (R-F) and hot press gluing systems.

detailed parameters
Application

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above +13°C

Water Resistance

Type II water-resistance

Open Time

3-5 minutes

Assembly Time

10-15 minutes

Colour When Dry

Translucent, yellow

Safety

Non-toxic, easy to clean up with water, FDA approved

Volume

473 ml

PROS

The glue can be used internally and externally. It requires no more than 8 hours to fully cure. Once 8 hours have passed, you can safely sand, paint, grind, or polish those pieces of wood that you've just glued. The formula conforms to the EN14256 creep-resistance specifications.

CONS

The substance is really fluid, so you'll have to be extra careful pouring it. 

OUR VERDICT

Everbuild WOOD1 is a cost-effective wood adhesive that is perfect for furniture assembly and household use. With a bottle like that, you'll be able to stock up on glue for years to come and save a bit of money in the long run. 

detailed parameters
Application

Interior/Exterior

Application Temperature

Above +10°С

Water Resistance

Type D3 waterproof

Open Time

10 minutes

Assembly Time

8 hours

Colour When Dry

Clear

Safety

Environmentally friendly, easy to clean up with water

Volume

1 l

Titebond 1414 lll Ultimate

Strength and Integrity Under Any Conditions

To most people, glue isn't something they think about all too much. But the people at Titebond take it seriously and it's that attitude that helps them produce some of the best options on the market right now.

With the Titebond 1414 lll, there are a few things that make this wood adhesive better than its predecessors. First is the fact that this glue complies with the ANSI/HPVA Type I water-resistance specifications. It is easy to clean their formula up with water but no amount of liquids will be able to remove the glue once it's fully cured.

The application temperature of this product starts at 7 degrees Celcius. The ability to maintain integrity at lower application temperatures makes this glue a far more versatile option as you won't be tied down by the outside temperature.

The formula itself is worth some recognition as well. Described as an advanced proprietary polymer, this glue combines the ease of use of PVAs and aliphatic glues and the water resistance of polyurethane. On top of that, the glue in question boasts much longer open time and noticeably higher viscosity.

Other than that, this adhesive has a strong initial tack, it is completely unaffected by finishes, and the substance is suitable not just for wood but also leather and cloth.

So, what else is there to say? This quick-drying, fast-acting adhesive is on par with the strongest glues out there when it comes to the sheer persistence. When fully cured, it sands off without softening. The formula is solvent-free and the substance is heat- and mildew-resistant.

Review of Titebond 1414 lll Ultimate Wood Glue

 

Evo-Stik 717411

Any Temperature is Application Temperature

What we like about the Evo-Stik 717411 is just how simple it is. The company behind it does not try to mislead its customers with some sort of advertisement narrative or confusing marketing terms. It's just a wood glue but it is pretty damn good at what it does.

For starters, it works with just about every type of wood out there. From hardwood and softwood to natural wood composites and MDFs, this PVA glue will handle it all. You can use it to seal chip boards or any other similar type of porous material.

But what we like most about it is probably the application temperature. This wood glue works just as well when it is 5 degrees Celcius outside or 25. On top of that, once fully cured, the glue is capable of withstanding temperature fluctuations between -20°C and +60°C without losing its adhesive properties. Cold weather or hot weather, this glue simply doesn't care.

The only thing we have sort of a problem with is how fast the substance thickens up. Over time, it becomes progressively more difficult to squeeze the glue out but we can't say that it ever becomes too much of a hassle.

Plus, like most similar options, this glue dries clear, so it doesn't leave any kind of a mark on the material. The substance is Type D3 waterproof. Nevertheless, when fully cured, it is easy to clean with water.

In other words, if you're looking for a bonding agent for joining two pieces of wood, you can't really go wrong with this one. It sets fast and forms a bond stronger than the wood itself. Plus, it can be used outdoors just as well as indoors regardless of the temperature.

Review of Evo-Stik 717411 Wood Adhesive

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Gorilla 5044181

Safe Enough

Glue isn't an inherently safe substance. But the Gorilla 5044181 is. Well, it is as safe as glue can be. It doesn't incorporate any harmful fumes. It is solvent-free. The formula doesn't include toxic substances. It's been FDA approved for indirect food contacts, so you can use this glue with culinary hardware. Of course, you can also use it with decorative furniture.

Its safety properties are an objective advantage. But the same cannot necessarily be said about the colour of this glue. Fully dried, the substance has that natural wood colour that creates a natural bond line and works wonders with hardwoods and softwoods. But it doesn't mesh that well with other materials as the said bond line becomes less natural and more noticeable.

Speaking of objective advantages, the glue is fast. Sure, it needs the usual 24 hours to fully cure. But the wood adhesive requires no more than 20 minutes (or as low as 5-10, depending on the material) of clamp time. It won't stunt your project and you'll be able to continue working after less than half an hour.

Finally, the adhesive in question is sandable and paintable, so you'll be able to use those glued wood pieces in a variety of different woodworking projects.

All in all, the Gorilla 5044181 will prove to be equally suitable for aspiring handyman, passionate DIY enthusiasts, professional carpenters, or an average customer that doesn't care too much about woodworking. Its safety properties make the glue flexible enough for a variety of applications.

Review of Gorilla 5044181 Wood Glue

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Titebond 5004 II Premium

Not Just Wood

Titebond as a company does like those extravagant names, doesn't it? The previous entry on our list was titled the Ultimate Wood Glue and this one is, apparently, Premium. Well, "premium" may be a bit of a strong word, but we can't say that we dislike this glue.

Though you can definitely use it indoors just like any other glue, its outstanding water-resistance properties make it a particularly suitable adhesive for exterior applications.

Other than that, this is more or less your typical Titebond glue, with more or less typical to the company's products selling points. It has that strong initial tack. But unlike the majority of Titebond glues, the assembly time of this adhesive doesn't require more than 10 to 15 minutes. That means far less "hold" time and a lot more productivity.

The bonding strength that it offers will be more than enough for steadfast gluing. Plus, it is unaffected by finishes, making it flexible enough for a number of woodworking tasks. It is especially easily sanded, the sort of quality that is required for flush applications. Finally, it is FDA approved for indirect food contact, making this adhesive suitable for culinary hardware applications.

All things considered, the Titebond 5004 II outdoor wood glue has quite a lot going for it. It is as good as any glue out there when it comes to your everyday woodworking applications. But, on top of that, the formula is surprisingly great for radio frequency (R-F) and hot press gluing systems.

Review of Titebond 5004 II Premium Wood Glue

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Everbuild WOOD1

Cost-Effective Bottle

The Everbuild WOOD1 is the type of product that you get when you don't want to even be thinking about glue for the next few years. For a fairly reasonable price, the company provides you with a 1-litre bottle of glue. Even if you happen to be a professional carpenter, you know well enough that a bottle like that will last you years.

But it isn't just about quantity. Unlike most other entries on our list, the glue requires no more than 8 hours to fully cure. Once 8 hours have passed, you can sand or paint those pieces of wood that you've just glued.

As far as strength is concerned, the company's formula conforms to the EN14256 creep-resistance specifications, making this adhesive suitable for an extra number of different joinery applications.

The resin-based formula isn't just responsible for fast drying and exceptional strength of this substance. It is also one of the more versatile wood glue types, so it works equally well with different types of wood. The formula is Type D3 waterproof, meaning that it doesn't lose its adhesive properties even if it contacts water.

The glue can be used internally and externally, mostly thanks to the fact that its clear colour doesn't affect the appearance of the glued surface.

To sum it up, the Everbuild WOOD1 is a cost-effective wood adhesive that is perfect for furniture assembly and household use. With a bottle like that, you'll be able to stock up on glue for years to come.

Review of Everbuild WOOD1 Wood Adhesive 502

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What Is Wood Glue?

Wood glue is a type of adhesive that is used to keep two pieces of wood together. Shocker, we know. But before you get too sassy about it, there are still a few things you need to know about the formulas behind these types of glues to make the right choice. First, you ought to consider all of the safety properties and qualities of the product that you're looking to get. Of course, the majority of glue bottles out there do not contain any toxic or harmful substances but it is never a bad idea to double-check.

Oddly enough, there are different types of wood glues and all of them have their strengths and weaknesses, so you might want to take that into account as well. If you choose the wrong glue, it will be noticeably more difficult to work with certain types of wood.

Other than that, different fluid adhesives have different application temperatures as well as different levels of water resistance, making them more versatile or convenient to work with. The amount of time you could keep a bottle of glue open also differs depending on the type of glue and the company behind it. The last but not the least thing to consider before ordering a particular bottle is the time it takes for the glue to dry out.

While we're still on the carpentry subject, you might want to check out our reviews of wood lathes and wood routers if you intend on picking woodworking up as a hobby or if you're a professional in need of replacement.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-29 15:14:43