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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 01-12-2020 11:46 AM 605 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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01-12-2020 11:46 AM

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Hey guys, thinking about a project that will have some leather glued to some wood. Was wondering what kind of glue I need to use.



-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#1 posted 01-12-2020 11:55 AM

Any glue will bond wood-leather. Take your pick.
if you need flexible bond, use a neoprene-based contact cement: Barge, Du-All 88, Jet Set, Weldwood, etc.

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#2 posted 01-12-2020 12:14 PM

I just glued some 1/8” leather to the jaws of a stitching pony
with Weldwood Contact Cement. worked quite well.
I also glued some thin leather to plywood strips for stropping boards.
that was over 20 years ago and is still holding firm.
the size of your project may determine a different approach.
more info and maybe a photo or two would help with more accurate responses.



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#3 posted 01-12-2020 01:44 PM

I’ve used 3M spray adhesive with good results.

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#4 posted 01-12-2020 01:45 PM

I have used what we used to call “rubber glue”, the kind used on shoes. Tandy leather has it but can be had cheaper at a big box store like Lowes.

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#5 posted 01-12-2020 02:37 PM

For gluing down leather to a base like this or this, I use 3M Super 77.

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#6 posted 01-12-2020 05:17 PM

I have been using leather around my shop for years for various things and have always used Titebond with great success. Works for me!

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#7 posted 01-12-2020 05:20 PM

Thanks for those links Rich learned something about leather today.

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#8 posted 01-12-2020 05:30 PM

I also use 3m Super 77 for stuff like this since i worked long ago in a shop making making custom speaker enclosures, and thats what we mainly used there. However i also keep a can of contact cement in my garage and recently had to fall back to that for gluing some suede onto a vise jaw, because my spray adhesive nozzle was clogged and just spraying globs onto my hand.

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#9 posted 01-13-2020 06:18 PM

I do have a question about what the leather will be doing. Is it just a surface cover like the bottom of a drawer or table top or is it intended to be mechanical as in a leather hinge? If it is the latter I would consider a urethane glue like Gorilla glue. With this glue you do need to clamp it firmly until it cures because it tends to foam up if not clamped.

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#10 posted 01-13-2020 09:46 PM

My only experience with gluing leather to wood is for vise jaws and I’ve used the 3M 77 spray adhesive. But I do find it seems to harden with age and come loose after a few years so you may want to factor that into your decision. If you are covering something that will last for years you don’t want it coming apart.

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#11 posted 01-13-2020 10:35 PM

For thousands of years gluing leather (hide) to wood calls for … hide glue sez Captain Obvious ...

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#12 posted 01-14-2020 02:03 PM

I’ve always just glued leather to vise jaws or to MDF backers as strops with Titebond wood glue. Never had it come loose yet.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 01-15-2020 12:23 AM

For thousands of years gluing leather (hide) to wood calls for … hide glue sez Captain Obvious ...

- Madmark2

I am a regular user of 3M 77 for a lot of things. Tried it on my leg vise to add some leather and was rather disappointed with the results.

Had some hide glue out the other day and the leather was flapping and bugging me… So, I popped a touch of hide glue and it is holding like iron. Hide glue’s gonna be my go-to for leather to wood from now on.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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