Choosing Glue For Your Project

The Handyguys revisit a bit of advice on keeping your lawn green and discuss various types of glues, in particular, EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive

First off – good advice or bad advice

The Handyguys re-visit keeping your lawn green. Is the advice for making sure your lawn gets an inch of water a week sound? Yes, of course. What happens if you don’t follow this advice? Listen to the podcast to find out.

The Handyguys then discuss different types of glues

Common types of glue discussed are:

The Handyguys review a new wood glue from Eclectic Products. The glue is a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) wood glue called EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive. Before making a recommendation and giving away a sample, the Handyguys did an informal test.

The Handyguys selected a piece of cherry wood for their test. The same glue-up was performed with a regular yellow wood glue and EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive. The documentation says to wait 24 hours for 100% strength on both the yellow glue and the EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive. The sample boards were properly jointed, prepared and glue applied. The test pieces were clamped for over 24 hours.

Breaking the yellow glued boardThe Handyguys then scratch their heads for a way to test the strength of the two glues. Obviously the test is not a purely scientific one. The goal is to ensure that the new EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive is stronger than the wood itself. We then spanned the test pieces between two boards and applied weight directly to the joint. We had a bit of fun finding heavy stuff to apply weight to the glue joint. Adding weight to the boards in an attempt to break themWe added a 50lb battery, a case of shotgun shells, a drill press and Paul’s weight on the glue joint. Neither the yellow glue nor the EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive joint or boards broke. Brian, being a bit heavier, was able to break the yellow glue sample board while holding the drill press and the car battery. The EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive sample board still did not break.

Finally, to break the EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive sample board, Brian reached for his Estwing framing hammer and gave the glue joint a sharp rap. The board broke into three pieces but the glue held strong.

It took a hammer to break the board glued with EcoGlue, the glue held and the wood failed Failure of both boards and the glue joint remained intact

Scraping the EcoGlue was the same as yellow glueThe Handyguys also tested scraping excess dried glue from the joint. The excess dried glue scraped off the same as traditional yellow wood glue. The Handyguys were very satisfied that the new EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive will perform as well as a traditional yellow glue yet have lower VOCs.

OK, The Handyguys admit their test isn’t very scientific. Below are the results of two tests performed by Eclectic Products. Click on the thumbnail image to see the results full size.

ASTM D 3164-03 Lap Shear Test ASTM D-903 180deg Peel Test
ASTM D 3164-03 Lap Shear Test ASTM D-903 180deg Peel Test

The Handyguys then go on to discuss a giveaway contest

EcoGlue GiveawayEclectic products will be sending some samples of EcoGlue Premium Wood Adhesive to one of our listeners. The giveaway includes two containers of wood glue, a sample board and a nice portable tool bag. This is an entirely free giveaway.

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Thanks for listening and good luck.

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  6. I found your site when looking up how to maintain a tractor for the winter but I am really curious what you guys think about fiberfix instead of a glue? I saw it on Shark Tank and they said it can be used to fix all sorts of broken items and even fix broken wood chairs etc – Its suppose to be better than duct tape “Fast Curing Super Tape”

    Would it work for these type of wood projects?

    1. David – I saw the same thing. I would say it really depends. I wouldn’t fix a chair with it, I would prefer to glue or replace the broken rung. I wouldn’t fix a pipe with it, just replace the pipe.

      In most cases I would rather do a proper repair. I see the fiberfix as a temporary measure or emergency fix or for uses in situations where aesthetics and cost are not important.

  7. Hi. I’ve got a project that I’m working on that includes used shotgun shell brassheads and old barn wood. I’m trying to figure out what I should use keep the brassheads from falling off. I thought about hot glue, but wasn’t positive if it would work and I didn’t want to buy a ton of hot glue if it didn’t end up working. So I was just curious what y’all think I should use.

    1. That sounds like an interesting project! I would think that hot glue would do the trick just fine. You can get an inexpensive kit at a craft store to try it out and see how it works. If it works fine then invest in a decent glue gun. I cant think of another glue that would be as quick, easy and minimal mess as hot glue. The question will be how strong it is and how much surface area you have on the brassheads for the glue to stick to.

      If the hot glue doesn’t work well I would consider mechanical fasteners of some sort. Small nails into pre-drilled holes. That would effect the look but could be more secure.

      If you wanted to get REALLY fancy. Perhaps make some dowels the exact same inside diameter of the shell brasshead. That might require a lathe if an off the shelf size didn’t work. Cut to size and then glue them in place with wood glue and then force fit the brasshead over the dowel. A dab of the same wood glue would certainly hold the brasshead to the dowel.

      Good luck and send us some pictures! Sounds cool.

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