Throw out the old wood glue

Gorilla Wood Glue
Gorilla Wood Glue

It’s bad enough that I have to pry off old, dried wood glue from the bottle tip before I use it. But during a glue-up, the last things I want to see are chunks of rubbery goo come out of the bottle.

I had recently tried another brand of wood glue made by the same folks that make Gorilla Glue polyurethane glue. I thought perhaps that I had purchased an old bottle of glue. But when the second bottle of glue still had small chunks in it, I began to wonder.

We’ve had some pretty harsh, cold weather this winter and my shop is unheated. My shop is in the attached garage, so I didn’t think it got below freezing out there but I don’t have a thermometer to tell.

So at this point, I’m throwing out all my partial bottles of wood glue I’ve had over six months. I don’t trust the condition they’re in and a new bottle of glue is pennies in the scheme of things.

And I’ve gone to buying the smallest bottle I need. I figure it’s the best way to keep the freshest glue on hand.

Oh…and I think I’m going to switch back to my old standby, the original Franklin Titebond®. Gorilla Wood Glue® is okay, but it’s a little runny and dries to a chalky appearance. I don’t think it “grabs” as well or as quickly as Titebond. Now I know a few guys that prefer Gorilla Wood Glue over Titebond, so perhaps I’ll give it another try…as soon as the weather stays above 50°F.

Titebond® Original Glue
The cabinetmaker’s standard. A ready-to-use aliphatic resin adhesive with outstanding strength. We also have Titebond Dark Wood glue for dark woods.
Titebond® Original Glue
Titebond® Original  Glue