Best Wood Glues

John Kopischke
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A few years ago, I did a video about the Best Wood Glues. If you want to learn about the different types of wood glues available, watch this video. In it I cover epoxy, polyurethane, PVA, and wooden beer wine making glues.

There are many, many reasons to use wood glue, including: it’s waterproof, bonds wood, and it can be sanded.

If you’re looking for the best wood glue for your woodworking project, watch this video. I cover water proof and water resistant glues, as well as all purpose glues and specific glues.

My favorite glue is always waterproof wood glue. I think it just boils down to personal preference.

NameCategoryProduct
Titebond III Ultimate Wood GlueBest OverallTitebond III Ultimate Wood Glue
Elmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood GlueBudget PickElmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood Glue
Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue MaxUpgrade PickElmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max

1. Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue

Our rating: 9 / 10

Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue

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Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Quick dry (10-20 minutes)
  • Can Be Used To Glue So Many Materials (wood, metal, glass, ceramics, etc.)
  • Non-toxic (perfect for use on kids’ toys!)

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Takes 24 hours for a full cure

As far as wood glues go, Titebond III is the best. Titebond is the best wood glue on the market, hands down. There is a reason that it has been around since 1967.

Titebond III is waterproof. The moisture proof seal makes sure that the glue can’t move.

The glue is also quick drying. The Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue dry time is advertised at 10-20 minutes. That dry time is the time between when you apply the glue and the time when it goes from squishy to hard.

2. Elmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood Glue

Our rating: 9 / 10

Elmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood Glue

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Elmer’s is one of the oldest woodworking companies in the US. Elmer’s E7010, like all of Elmer’s adhesives, can bond almost any material, working especially well with woods, whether it’s an application that requires a bond between two pieces or an adhesive like the Bonding System.

Elmer’s E7010 is also a great all-around adhesive for practically anything. Use it to secure small items to furniture with the Caulk Adhesive in a Tube, on arts and crafts projects with the Glue-All, or even on stone or ceramic in the Patch’n Bond cement.

Because it sets up so quickly, Elmer’s E7010 is also a great adhesive to use for quick, temporary fixes. Use it to hold something while you apply glue to the other part, or stick something to something temporarily before using another adhesive like E6000 or Crazy Glue.

3. Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max

Our rating: 9 / 10

Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max

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Another good choice for wood glue is Elmer’s Glue-All. It comes in a squeeze tube instead of a bottle, so it handles like a glue gun. Once it is applied to the surface of the wood, you will need to clamp it or leave it in place for over 24 hours.

4. J-B Weld 8251 WoodWeld Quick Setting Wood Epoxy Adhesive

Our rating: 8 / 10

J-B Weld 8251 WoodWeld Quick Setting Wood Epoxy Adhesive

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Pros:

  • Easily portable
  • Great for any fix or project
  • Can be used to fix just about anything
  • Sets in less than 5 minutes
  • Easy to use and very effective
  • Can be used to glue wood, metal, ceramic, glass, tile, fiberglass, porcelein, and brick
  • Can be used to reinforce a variety of items
  • Thermosetting formula lasts through freezing and high humidity or exposure to water
  • Sticks to anything
  • 100% waterproof

Cons:

  • Can be harder to spread when applying
  • Surface area is not very large

J-B Weld 8251 WoodWeld Quick Setting Wood Epoxy Adhesive – 1.52 oz. is a special formulation of high strength epoxy specifically designed to bond wood. It creates a tough, long-lasting bond on woods such as cedar, oak, alder, and hickory. It can also be used to fix nearly anything made of wood, plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, fiberglass, tile, or brick.

5. Titebond 5003 II Premium Wood Glue

Our rating: 8 / 10

Titebond 5003 II Premium Wood Glue

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Pros:

  • Works well on a variety of materials
  • Surprisingly strong
  • Bonds almost instantly
  • Easy to spread
  • Very little shrinkage
  • Doesn’t yellow
  • Just about as strong as the super glues
  • Work well on porous materials

Cons:

  • More expensive than the competition
  • Can only be used in a well-ventilated area

The strength of wood glue can vary depending on a few factors but for general household use, I’ve been using Titebond for quite a few years.

I’ve used it on countless projects and it’s probably the glue I rely on the most when building things around the house. I did a lot of research and I’ve read that Titebond is one of the strongest wood glues.

I’ve tested this glue on many surfaces and I’ve been fully satisfied with the results. I’ve helped friends out with a few repairs and once I used this glue, they also became supporters of it.

6. Franklin International 5062 Titebond Glue

Our rating: 8 / 10

Franklin International 5062 Titebond Glue

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Pros:

  • Contains 4 oz of glue
  • Perfect for wood projects
  • Includes an applicator
  • Long lasting and strong
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces
  • Prevents the front of a drawer from bowing out

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get off to a vertical surface
  • Can be difficult to get off to a vertical surface

This is a glue that is made from 100% natural ingredients and is suitable for use in woodworking, hobbies, crafts, and a multitude of other applications.

7. Krazy Glue 2063184 Fast Dry Wood Glue

Our rating: 8 / 10

Krazy Glue 2063184 Fast Dry Wood Glue

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Pros:

  • Fast drying formula
  • Best for porous surfaces
  • Dries clear
  • Bonds almost instantly
  • Will not leave any residue behind
  • Cost effective
  • Strong, durable and long-lasting

If you’re looking for a wood glue that gets the job done and will last for a long time, you won’t be disappointed with the Krazy glue. It’s a trusted brand, and you’ll be happy with the results.

This glue is fast drying, and you won’t need to wait long for it to cure. It’s a strong and durable product that you can count on to hold your project together. And when that project will be exposed to moisture over the years, this glue won’t falter.

Wood glues are available to you in two forms: wood glue and epoxy. Epoxy is a two-part glue consisting of an adhesive and a hardener. Generally speaking, wood glues are used on porous surfaces, while Epoxies are made for surfaces that can’t absorb water.

8. Franklin International 6123 Titebond Trans Glue

Our rating: 8 / 10

Franklin International 6123 Titebond Trans Glue

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Is a wood glue that provides superior bond strength to most dry and green wood, wood composites, PVC, PVC foam, plastic, and rubber. The glue dries clear for a more natural finish. It has an open time of 20-30 minutes, and it will reach full strength in 24 hours at room temperature. The bond has a tensile strength of 2100 psi, and it has a high shear strength of 20 seconds. This product is VOC compliant.

This glue is suitable for many kinds of wood, including damp, green, or burnt wood. The glue works on woods that are prone to warping.

This product is easy to apply, and the glue will dry within 20-30 minutes. The glue has good gap-filling ability and does not require clamps during the drying process.

9. Professional Grade Cyanoacrylate

Our rating: 8 / 10

Professional Grade Cyanoacrylate

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Pros:

  • The name says everything, it really is super glue
  • This glue works fast: you can glue pieces together in as little as 15 seconds.
  • Glue comes in a large size bottle and will last you for months.
  • Any gluing project is possible with this glue.
  • Due to its non-flammable formula, can be used on any kind of material, even on electronics.
  • Despite being adhesive and strong like super glue, it is extremely flexible and can expand to 575 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Works on hard and soft materials, wood, plastic, metal, rubber, glass, ceramic, and many others.
  • This glue is water soluble
  • It is ideal for gluing model kits, fishing lures, repairing china, acrylic painting, scrap booking, making jewelry, and many more DIY projects.
  • It will not damage the surface of your projects.

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10. Gorilla Clear Glue

Our rating: 8 / 10

Gorilla Clear Glue

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Pros:

  • Mixable with water
  • Readily available
  • Widely used on a variety of surfaces
  • Quick drying

Cons:

  • Premium price
  • Comes in small bottle

I really like Gorilla’s clear wood glue because it’s a water-based glue (you can actually water it down from its original strength), it’s quick drying, versatile, and doesn’t leave any noticeable residue. I use Gorilla’s clear glue for all sorts of project, including cabinetry and furniture building, as well as general woodworking.

11. Gorilla Wood Glue

Our rating: 7 / 10

Gorilla Wood Glue

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Pros:

  • Affordable and smells good
  • Does not require clamping
  • Quick drying

Cons:

  • Doesn’t reach as high a strength as polyurethanes and epoxies
  • Not waterproof

In conclusion, Gorilla Glue is a great buy if you want a wood glue for patching, mending or assembling small together, and even if you intend on using for household improvements. It is a level above superglue, but not as impactful as epoxies, polyurethanes, or other building adhesive.

With Gorilla Glue, there is no need for clamping, and it dries in about 4 hours, which is great for projects that need attention in a short window of time. The only problem that we have noticed is that the glue will not last outdoors. The same goes for other wood glues in general, so Gorilla Glue isn’t a bad purchase if you intend to use only within the confines of your home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the strongest glue for wood?

A lot of woodworkers might scoff at this one, but the strongest glue for wood is… Wood Glue.

In all seriousness, the real answer is that there is no one best wood glue. You need to evaluate the job in question to see which glue will be the best fit.

For instance, if you need something less permanent and faster-setting, then you would use a PVA (Pennywise and gorilla glue are two common examples) or a water-based wood glue.

If your wood joint will have to be tougher and more durable, get some epoxy. Epoxy wood glues can go on wet or dry, and they take several hours to fully cure.

We recommend Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, which cures 4X stronger than the industry standard.

What is the best glue to glue wood to wood?

I use hot glue instead of it. You can find the hot glue as thick as a figure that you can use on wood.

You will be able to achieve a strong grip on the two surfaces before the glue cools down and hardens. By using this glue, you will be able to keep the two pieces together without any extra putting them in place.

What is even better is that you can get hot glue sticks in a number of sizes. This means that you can buy little sticks or large ones depending on how much you intend to use.

Does Gorilla Glue work on wood?

Gorilla Glue works on non-porous surfaces like wood. This is both good and bad. The reason it works on wood is because it dries pretty quickly. On other surfaces, you often want something that sets up less quickly than Gorilla Glue.

So, what does that mean about the Lego? Can you just use Gorilla Glue?

Not so fast. With all adhesives, you want to find out the compatibility first. For example, Gorilla Glue will bond to wood, drywall, glass, and rubber. However, it won’t bond to metal.

For your Lego task specifically, I’d take more of a precautionary approach and use a glue more suited for plastic, like E6000.

Is Gorilla Glue the strongest glue?

Gorilla Glue is probably the best known of the options out there if you search for wood glue.

Gorilla glue is a cyanoacrylic glue, a type of glue that has both super strength and super elasticity. The type of glue that’s at the front of mind when you think of epoxy glue. It has excellent lifting power and adhesion.

A very common question I get is: Is Gorilla Glue stronger than 3M Super 77?

Conclusion

Woodworking is a relatively inexpensive hobby. Instead of buying a pricey piano or violin, you need only your hands, a good set of tweezers and any good wood glue for a fulfilling hobby. The best wood glue for your woodworking projects is the one that will bond your products together strongly, yet quickly so that you can accomplish your projects in good time.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Titebond III Ultimate Wood GlueBest OverallTitebond III Ultimate Wood Glue
Elmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood GlueBudget PickElmer's E7010 Carpenter's Wood Glue
Elmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue MaxUpgrade PickElmer's E7310 Carpenter's Wood Glue Max