Go Gorilla For Gorilla Glue

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Gorilla Glue mitre What a great name for a glue. I mean just the thought of the patriarch silverback gorilla inspecting his domain and taking care of his family inspires confidence, leadership and strength. These are the qualities that make up the glue that keeps his family together. OK, Mrs. Silverback might have an opinion or two to add to this discussion (I’m pretty sure we all saw that one coming) but that’s for another time. 

Gorilla Wood Glue – Strong and Fast Setting

Gorilla Wood Glue is a strong, fast setting glue that’s different from the older version of gorilla glue. It’s not foamy, and it cleans up with water – two new characteristics that put this glue on my shelf from now on. It is still a Type II water resistant formula with a short clamp time that frees up those clamps so you don’t need 8 billion of them for your project. The other thing that works for me is the glue line. When you’re working with veneer, you want your joints to disappear, (not unlike when the police, uh, never mind). Let’s just say you want them not to show through.

I was working with some beautiful English Figured Sycamore veneered panels that I cut up into three inch rips that I wanted to miter together to make recessed panel doors. I was concerned the glue joints would show through, so I made a sample frame. At first inspection was I impressed! But what happens when you put finish on it? Once again I was stoked. Super clean looking, no glue line, and easy to sand. Of course there wasn’t much to sand, as a rag with some warm water made quick work of the squeeze out when I clamped everything together. Another advantage of the natural, almost disappearing glue line is you won’t be tempted to over-clamp and end up with dry joints.

Read Some of Gorilla Glue’s “Tough Stories” On Their Website

Gorilla Glue bottleAn 18-ounce bottle on Amazon.com goes for around six bucks so it’s not a bad deal. On Gorilla Glue’s website is a forum of “Tough Stories” that chronicle some tough applications of their gorilla wood glue. One of them, toward the bottom, says that the writer’s 12-year-old, 40-foot tall Bradford Pear tree split down the middle for about three feet. So he just up and glued and clamped that sucker back together and it’s now alive and well. How many 18-ounce bottles of glue he used he did not divulge. Neither did he divulge the number of 16-ounce cans of some other liquid that might have been consumed in the process as well. Hey, I’m just saying what I would have done. Go gorilla!

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About Brad

Brad Baker is Vice President of Operations at Miller Woodworking in the Los Angeles area, designers and builders of custom cabinetry and interior millwork for the rich and famous. They make the impossible, and their work has been featured in fancy schmantsy architectural glossies more than a few times. All that high end creative stuff aside, he maintains a strong spiritual belief that the real sign of a good woodworker is all 10 fingers. He and his wife Ann Baker co-write for HomeFixated. Ann is CEO of Publicity Pros, a firm that provides “All Things Publicity” services and training for small businesses. She’s a hopeless nerd who revels in anything and everything having to do with the technology of attracting attention. And, no joke, she loves to bake.

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2 thoughts on “Go Gorilla For Gorilla Glue”

  1. I tried the regular Gorilla Glue years ago and didn’t like the foamy action. Good to hear that the wood glue is better.

    I have been using the Gorilla Tape. It works well.


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