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    Default Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    The last time I was at the hardware store, they were out of (yellow) wood glue. But the owner said he had grown up simply using the white Elmers glue for carpentry, and still sometimes did.

    Is there really a big difference? (This would be in combination with employing nails/screws, etc.)

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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    White glue noticeably less tolerant of moisture than yellow. Less strong. Probably worse for joint creep, too, but unless you're doing panel glue-ups that would not be a handicap.
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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    Another difference is open time, that is the time it takes for it to dry.

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    Smile Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    Quote Originally Posted by California_Cookie View Post
    Is there really a big difference? .

    Definitely! I'm addicted to using Titebond III (green bottle). It takes a while to dry but once it's dry it is incredibly strong.

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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    if you go into most cabinet shops you'll see Titebond II or III, ( II has longer open time, III is more water resistant) rarely see Elmers wood glue. Elmers white glue is good for house-hold quick fixes, has no water resistance. Every one should have a bottle in catch all drawer. If for no other reason thane nostalgia, and smiling bull is reassuring when trying to hold three or four parts together with fingers while glue drys.

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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    If you go into most cabinet shops you'll see Titebond II or III, ( II has longer open time, III is more water resistant) rarely see Elmers wood glue. Elmers white glue is good for house-hold quick fixes, has no water resistance. Every one should have a bottle in catch all drawer. If for no other reason than nostalgia, and smiling bull is reassuring when trying to hold three or four parts together with fingers while glue drys.

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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    tight bond or lepages both work equally well, sometimes ill use gorilla wood glue also

    just keep in mind it does have a shelf life once opened of 6 months or so. if it freezes it will become clumpy and useless once it thaws out making it garbage
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    Default Re: Elmers white glue vs. wood glue?

    Quote Originally Posted by jkirk View Post
    tight bond or lepages both work equally well, sometimes ill use gorilla wood glue also

    just keep in mind it does have a shelf life once opened of 6 months or so. if it freezes it will become clumpy and useless once it thaws out making it garbage
    The yellow carpenters glue has nearly unlimited lifespan after opened and kept capped and is stronger than the white.
    Not much water resistance though.

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