In this guide we’ll look at the best wood glue products for the UK market.
We’ve compared quality, performance, ease-of-use and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Wood Glues?
More Detailed Wood Glue Reviews
Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue for Indoor and Outdoor is the best wood glue if you need a super strong, solvent-free wood glue that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
This wood glue is easy to use and mess free as it comes in a bottle with a good nozzle that allows you to apply the glue precisely where you need it. It bonds really quickly and creates a good solid bond. I used it to re-glue some drawers that had come apart. The glue bonded quickly and once dry the drawer was as good as new. Any excess glue was easily wiped away with a damp cloth when it was still wet. Excess glue can also be sanded when dry.
This glue is suitable for use both indoors and out making it ideal for a wide range of DIY, craft and woodworking projects.
This Gorilla 3 X 236 ml Wood Glue is an easy to use and effective glue that dries to a sandy beige colour that matches in well with most woods.
The glue is waterproof and suitable for use both indoors and out making it a versatile glue for a range of projects. It can be used on all types of wood.
This Gorilla glue is easy to use and comes in a bottle with a sturdy nozzle that doesn’t clog. The glue bonds quickly and once dry the joint is strong. The glue is also sandable and paintable so you can get a really good finish. This a non-toxic glue that can be wiped away with water when still wet.
This glue is easy to use, creates a super strong bond and dries to a light wood coloured finish.
Up next we have the Ponal 44280 Wood Glue and this is the best wood glue for use in damp conditions.
While this is quite an expensive option it is worth the money if you need a really strong bond in damp conditions such as bathrooms or outdoors. The glue is solvent free and easy to use. It comes in a bottle with a clog resistant nozzle and it is easy to apply the glue to the precise location required. The glue bonds quickly and dries fast. Excess glue can be removed with water while still wet.
This glue is ideal for use in damp condition such as bathrooms or outdoors.
Elmers/X-Acto 287359 Elmer’s E7310 Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max creates a really strong bond and is sandable and paintable when dry.
This glue is very easy to use. The bottle has a flat, angled nozzle that makes the glue easy to apply even in fiddly areas. The bottle also closes securely so the paint doesn’t dry up and clog the nozzle. The glue dries fast and creates a really strong bond. Any excess glue can be removed with a damp cloth when still wet. The product is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and works on all types of wood.
This glue dries to a light wood colour and is easy to use.
Bond It Joiners Mitre Mate Two Part Instant Bond Glue Wood is a two-part product that produces an exceptionally strong bond even on difficult joints.
This glue has a two-part system comprising an adhesive and an aerosol activator. This means it creates a really strong bond even on difficult joints such as mitres. It is effective on a wide range of materials including wood, MDF, plastics, rubber, PVCu and metals. The bottle is quite small but it’s great value and perfect if you only have a few joints to complete.
This is the ideal glue for a range of materials and creating strong joints.
Wood Glue Buyer’s Guide
When choosing a wood glue, you want something that bonds fast and provides a strong bond. Many wood glues are, once dry, stronger than the wood itself.
In addition, you should check that the glue is suitable for the application you are using it for. Some wood glues are suitable for outdoor use and wet conditions so check if this is important to your glueing job.
In addition, some wood glues are heat resistant so check this before you buy if it is necessary for your DIY task.
Most wood glues are solvent free and non-toxic so can be used without worrying about nasty fumes.
Wood glues are easy to use and provide strong bonding. However, for very tricky joints where there is very little area to glue, you might want to choose a two-part glue for extra strong bonding.
How long does wood glue take to dry?
Wood glues dry fast and many of the above glues will bond within minutes. However, to create a really good bond you will want to clamp your joint in place after glueing the pieces and leave the clamps in place for at least an hour in ideal conditions. In damp conditions, you might need to leave them for a while longer.
It is best to allow at least 24 hours before stressing the joint to ensure the glue has completely cured to its full strength.
How strong is wood glue?
Modern wood glues are extremely strong. In fact, they are stronger than the wood itself. Having said that, wood glue will only work at its best if the joint you are glueing is well made. Even wood glue can’t hold a joint together well if there are large gaps. So, you can rely on wood glue to create a really impressive bond but do make sure the joint has a nice tight fit.
How do you remove wood glue?
To easily remove glue that has set you should apply heat. Use a heat gun on the joint line to soften the glue and then gradually apply slow, steady pressure to open the joint. You might have to reheat the glue periodically. Don’t use too high a heat as this may damage the wood. Slowly and carefully with gentle but firm pressure and moderate heat is the way to go.