For many, many years not much changed when it came to wood glues. PVA was
king. Now there’s a new kid on the block – polyurethane wood glue. It’s a
bit different to use and it has different properties to PVA.
We’ve used it on a few projects in recent times:
- The room divider panels were joined with Durabond because of its strength
(no fasteners were used in the joints), its gap-filling ability and its sand
- The island bench top was joined with Durabond for the same reasons, plus
its resistance to water, oils and detergents. We also used it to join the
cabinet parts, because they were pre-painted and PVA just wouldn’t have
- The coffee grounds box can be washed and bashed because it was joined with Durabond. It could also be sanded.
- The floating shelf (made from a hollow core door) was held firmly to the
batten on the wall by nothing more than the line of Durabond adhesive.
There are other abilities of polyurethane that we haven’t yet shown you.
It can stick other materials to wood. Metals, plastics, glass, fabrics and
others can either be glued on, or you can use the glue to add strength to
other fastening methods.
It can stick to melamine boards (the material commonly used for kitchen,
laundry and bathroom cabinets). PVA won’t stick to melamine, but
polyurethane bonds to it to add great strength to joints in melamine.
Give Selleys Aquadhere
Durabond polyurethane wood glue a go on your next project. You’ll probably find
yourself picking it up as your first choice for all of your projects.
Selleys products are available at all good hardware stores.