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Dchip

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1507 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question glue

I’ve been studying up on glues, but I’m having a hard time finding big differences between the two above (white vs. yellow). It seems they are quite similar chemically (PVA glues?), so i was hoping to condense their differences into one place and discuss their different real-world uses in the shop. So far, all I’ve got is that white glue has a longer open time than your standard yellow for more complicated glue-ups. I’m curious about creep, overall cured strength, durability, and anything else you can offer. Thanks.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com


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SnowyRiver

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#1 posted 1507 days ago

The only difference I believe is the tack time or dry time. Yellow glue dries faster.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 1507 days ago

White glue also drys clear, good for projects that have been prefinished.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 1507 days ago

Really, Wayne?
Do you think white is as strong? I never thought so. But then, I use TBll.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 1507 days ago

From what I understand, the bond strength for each is the same. Here is a link with a bit more info.

http://www.woodworkingadvice.com/pva-glue/pva-glue-polyvinyl-acetate.html

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 1507 days ago

Huh! Learned something new. Thanks for that, Wayne. White is a little cheaper too, than TBll, where I buy my glue.
Hardly any of my projects need to be water proof, so I guess I’ll start using the White ….... when I run through the gallon of yellow I just bought!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Dchip

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#6 posted 1507 days ago

Very interesting, thanks for the info.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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supervato

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#7 posted 1507 days ago

Gorilla white glue seems to work best for me. It seems that tbII likes to leave stains.

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Gary Lucas

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#8 posted 1507 days ago

From what I have been told. yellow glue is designed to work with woods that have a higher moisture content. These would be the construction 2×4 and such. Whereas, white glue works on lower moisture woods like the kiln dried lumber at 7-8% .Plus, since yellow glue has a color to it, some woodworkers do not like it. I have been told, since you paid top have your wood kiln dried, why use a yellow glue that reintroduces more moisture into that joint that you need to pull the glue solids into the wood.

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#9 posted 1507 days ago

I think you’ll find that there are several different types of both white and yellow glues, each with different properties.

Here’s some white glue that dries faster than yellow.
http://www.titebond.com/IntroPageTB.ASP?UserType=1&ProdSel=ProductCategoryTB.asp?prodcat=1

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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cstrang

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#10 posted 1507 days ago

I prefer white glue, Helmitin Helmibond to be exact. I like it because as Jim stated, it dries clear.

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