Aliphatic Glues

Aliphatic glues are also referred to as wood glues and include glues such as Elmers Wood Glue and Titebond.

The information provided is general. Always refer to the use, safety and cleanup instructions included with the glue.


  • Non-toxic.
  • Joints are slightly flexible.
  • Easy Cleanup.


  • Joints must be clamped or held under pressure for at least 30 minutes.
  • Joints are slightly flexible.


  • A damp cloth can remove glue that has not dried.
  • Clean hands with warm soap and water

How to use

It does not take a lot of Wood glue to make a good joint. In fact, too much glue will create a weak joint. The tips with most wood glues do not allow fine control of the amount of glue being dispensed. One method for applying wood glues is to place a small dab of wood glue (about the size of an aspirin or possibly a dime) onto a piece of wax paper and then use a toothpick to pickup small amounts of glue (Photo 1). Then use the toothpick to transfer glue to the structure. (Photo 2). Then apply pressure to the joint per the manufacturer's use instructions. You can use a small weight (Photo 3) or a book to apply pressure. You can also use hat pins (Photo 4) to maintain pressure on the joint. When the glue on the wax paper starts to film over (may take from 10 to 20 minutes) it is no longer useable and should be discarded and replaced with fresh glue.

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