types of glue on the market and
they are all advertised as having amazing properties.
So which one should
you use when boat building?
There is no need to stick to one type for everything ;-)
For the hull and any structural components clearly you will need the
And if you are building with plywood you will have to use epoxy to make
But for anything else consider,
Where the joint is situated?
How exposed to the elements will it be?
How easy will it be to repair if the joint should fail?
Will it need to fill any gaps?
And will any health hazards be acceptable?
This is the
adhesive which, is used to make marine grade plywood marine grade,
because it is the best waterproof wood to wood adhesive.
It is rarely advertised, for
the DIY market because the
manufacturers sell enough to industry.
However it can be bought in
This is a high exposure
resistant and waterproof
Resorcinol has two components.
It is comprised of a liquid
resin and a hardener which
can be either powder or liquid.
Joints are strongest on
closely meeting faces where,
clamping pressure is high.
Excellent for laminating as it
will not creep once the
initial set has occurred.
However, it does leave a dark
colored line along the
There are two main grades one
of which can only be used
in warm temperatures.
are several strong waterproof Polyurethane Adhesives on the market now.
They have excellent wood to wood performance and are also effective on
The adhesive requires moisture to cure, so very dry wood may need to be
Excess glue is easily sanded, will not become brittle with age (according to the manufacturers) or expand or contract in the joint
Gorilla and other PU glues by Ken).
These adhesives are used straight from the bottle, so no mixing and less
For plywood building,
epoxy with its strength and gap-filling properties is the way to go.
for other wood gluing applications it has perhaps been over hyped by
is certainly waterproof and
is excellent for sealing
it does set hard and
therefore can be
set cleaning off any
excess is difficult.
can deteriorate with
prolonged exposure to UV
there are the
associated with the
chemicals in the hardeners to consider.
adhesives are rated water
resistant not waterproof.
the better grades such
as Aerolite 306 are
excellent easy to use adhesives for non-exposed applications.
have moderate gap filling
ability good durability
and are creep resistant.
low grade formulas
may become brittle with
are not generally
recommended for use in a marine environment.
are some exterior
versions which are described as
should be wary of using them
on a boat and certainly
not outside the cabin unless the wood is properly sealed to control the
However Titebond insist that their 'Titebond III' is as least as good as epoxy.
definitely not something to be considered for building the boat.
a hot glue gun because
it is convenient and the
glue sets quickly is a super way to make templates.
small strips of thin
plywood a template, of that
awkward curve can be quickly stuck together with the gun.
not for use on boats.
they could, at a push
be used to glue small
pieces together, but only on interiors.
does become brittle and has
poor shock and solvent
will yellow and degrade
with exposure to UV
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