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Adam D

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04-17-2012 03:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: titebond glue

Last time I bought glue, I decided to go for the mid-grade titebond II. Is it really that much better than titebond I? Am I missing out on some great feature of titebond III? I haven’t had any joints come apart yet…anyone die-hard fans of one or the other? Is titebond original good enough?

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 03:54 AM

I use tite 3 in my cabinets not cause of the water issue cause a tight joint with finish applied is water resist anyway but i like it 15 min open time for door glue-ups but I use tite1 for everything else in my cabinets

-- As Best I Can

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 04:13 AM

I generally use TB2 for most applications but when I want a waterproof bond or a longer set up time I go to TB3.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 04:41 AM

I used to use TBIII exclusively, mainly for the open time and lower working temp.
Since I do my glueups indoors now, and since open time hasn’t really been an issue, I use TBII now. It works great and costs less. I don’t bother with TBI because TBII is only pennies more and has the additional benefit of being water resistant.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 05:10 AM

Adam, Titebond is not sold like gas. The three types Titebond I (red label) is the original, fine for any interior work or furniture. Titebond II (blue label) is Weather resistant, meaning it can get wet, like a cutting board for example. Titebond III (green label) is Water-proof, meaning it could be used for an outdoor furniture piece or anything ‘Above the waterline.’ I recommend TB III because it’s the most versatile, allows you a longer open time, and is a tad on the more liquidy side (runny) which means it spreads easier.

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 05:56 AM

I use white glue for interior work. Common yellow
glues creep more. The right glue depends on the work
you do. For heirloom quality work I would never use
yellow glue in glue joints. I maybe unfairly biased based
on past experience. There are 100s of glue formulations
on the market and perhaps a dozen available through
home centers. In reality the glues you can buy retail
are not what is used in manufacturing where quality control
from piece to piece matters.

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 06:23 AM

I like that Gorilla glue better. Ever try it?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Adam D

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 01:10 PM

crap—I used titebond 2 with some biscuits joining some pieces to make bigger stock…is it going to just disintegrate sitting outdoors this summer? I’m assuming the cedar will keep the moisture away from the glue for the most part. Maybe I’ll have to get a small bottle of TBIII before I start assembly.

Russel, I use Gorilla with my mortise-and-tenon joints just because mine are never perfect and I want to fill in the gaps. No problems so far.

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 01:23 PM

Really Loren you use white glue, like elmers glue, on interior stuff? I’m relatively new to all of this so I’m just curious as to what the reasoning is behind this instead of using wood glue. How does it hold up, how is the strength?

Not trying to criticize, genuinely interested, thanks!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 01:34 PM

Aren’t they all PVA; white or yellow.

I thought white, as in Elmers brand, was just basic PVA glue, the same basic glue as the yellow stuff with the difference being that the yellow formula was modified to be thicker and set up faster.

I normally use TB3 because I wanted the water proof feature and because it sets up a little slower, like the plain white stuff.

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 03:09 PM

I’m a big fan of III I use ot on cutting baords all the time. What a strong joint as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 03:14 PM

I was considering purchasing Titebond hyde glue. Any thoughts?

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 04:27 PM

Titebond Hide Glue, like all hide glues can be “reversed”. Meaning it can be unglued with a little heat and moisture. This is handy sometimes, like in making violins and such, as it makes repairs feasable.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#13 posted 04-17-2012 09:54 PM

Love TBII Dark for Walnut and Cherry.

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#14 posted 04-17-2012 10:57 PM

I make artsy crafty items. Small cedar boxes etc. and I use white glue. For outside stuff (Like signs) I use titebond III. I like the white glue because it set up quickly, dries clear, is plenty strong and is cheap.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 11:07 PM

TB III here…

That Hide stuff sounds interesting… haven’t used it yet…

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