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Sawdustmaker

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2392 days ago

I was looking through some of the wood scraps in my storage bin and heard a sound . I couldn’t make it out so I turned off the radio and listened. “If you build it, they will cut on it” That’s right some cutting boards are in that bin, I just have to make them. I’ve seen some real works of art on this site and I’m wandering what kind of glue is best for cutting boards. Due to the function they perform, it seems like they can come in contact with water on a regular basis and I don’t want to make something that looks great but self destructs when someone leaves in in a sink with hot water for a couple hours.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach


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USCJeff

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#1 posted 2392 days ago

I used Tightbond III on mine. I think any glue designated as “exterior” should work, though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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rikkor

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#2 posted 2392 days ago

Titebond III. Their website says it is food safe, and it is waterproof.

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Splinters

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#3 posted 2392 days ago

I use Titebond III on my boards

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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#4 posted 2392 days ago

hahaa if you build it…..
haha

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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relic

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#5 posted 2392 days ago

Titebond III here as well.

-- Andy Stark

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bobdurnell

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#6 posted 2392 days ago

I’m a fan of that Gorrila glue stuff. Mainly bacause of the open time, having only to spread the glue on one surface, and water on the other, and its real easy to sand off after it has dried. I have used Titebond III also. I have used the old standby Weldwood Plastic Resin. Practically all of the adhesives will work, however when in doubt I use good ol West Systems Epoxy. I kinda stay away from that two part Resorcinal stuff though. Most of my clamps have a deep red color on them since. Hope this helps.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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Bill

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#7 posted 2392 days ago

Same here, Titebond III is what I use not only for cutting boards but all my woodworking projects.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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CharlesNeil

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#8 posted 2391 days ago

i agree across the board, titebond III, I like if its small and i have enough time, for bigger i like the polyurethane,for the open time

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Sawdustmaker

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#9 posted 2390 days ago

Well, it sounds like I need to go down to Wood Craft and pick up some Titebond III. I’ll have to put on my isle blinders and head straight for the glue section. Maybe I can get out of there without having to drop $60.00 at the cash register…....and that’s on a good day. Thanks for the wisdom.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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Greg3G

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#10 posted 2368 days ago

I’ve build a number of cutting boards using both Titebond III and Ployurethane (gorrilla) glue. I have found that the Poly glue will not hold up over time. I have had two boards that have failed due to the glue. One of the magazines recently conducted stregth tests on various types of glue and the Poly glue came out as the weakest of all the glues. I now use Titebond III on all of my boards.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Grant Davis

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#11 posted 2367 days ago

TB III

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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matter

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#12 posted 2365 days ago

TB3 again. Urethane doesn’t hold up. You are better off using just about any PVA glues. I warranty my boards for life. Never replaced one with PVA but all the poly’s have been re-done.

I always use a Watco butcher’s block finish too- seems to hold up well.

It was a short learning curve, but a painful one.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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degoose

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#13 posted 1944 days ago

Titebond II I haven’t tried the III yet

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BlankMan

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#14 posted 1942 days ago

Wow, glad this popped to the top. I’m planning on making some end grain cutting boards and I researched the various glues and chose Titebond III because it had a Type 1 rating. I wasn’t sure if it was rated safe for food so I was going to look into that but now I don’t have to.

I jumped on the Gorilla Glue bandwagon too when it first came out but have since fallen off. Get it on your hands and they’re brown for days, or on anything else. Wearing gloves my hands sweat and they’re dripping by the time I take the gloves off. And, last but not least, it’s not that great. I made a bird feeder a bunch of years back with it because it was so good. Even sealed it with a marine rated urethane. The glue joints eventually failed. No advantage to it. I’m going to try Titebond III on the next one.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Gary

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#15 posted 1942 days ago

TB3 The only way to go

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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