What glue for laminating two boards?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bett, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Bett

    Bett Guest

    Jan 27, 2008
    I'm wondering which glue I should use for the wings of my bass. (I have a build thread here).
    The wings are to be made of two walnut board each, which I will need to laminate together to make the wings the right thickness. I was originally going to use original Titebond, but I remembered the woodshop teacher had a bottle of Gorilla Glue at school. Would it be better to laminate two boards together with polyurethane glue? I've read some glue threads before but I haven't seen this situation in them.
    I know that polyurethane glue will expand, and that it won't cause boards to warp since there's no water in it. I don't know how much warping the Titebond would cause on my boards, but I heard it can puddle between two large areas. Also, I was thinking that maybe the Gorilla Glue would make a glue line between the two boards. I don't feel that would really be a bad thing, since I kind of wanted some kind of separator between the two pieces.
  2. T2W

    T2W Guest

    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    Any polyvinyl acetate will do the trick. White glue that is. Urethane glue doesnt necessarily (or shouldnt imo) leave a line. Some people fear the humidity in white and yellow glues, especially when working with thin material. Ive been using Titebond 2 and 3 for basses and exterior doors and windows, havent had a problem with it since.
  3. Arx


    Jan 22, 2008
    Titebond should be fine. Lots of luthiers use it for everything.
  4. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Let me say this to prevent a division here: The glue doesn't matter -- the Joint does. Two clean straight and flat surfaces and you can use any glue your heart desires.

    Also, I am a Titebond guy as well ;)
  5. Stone Age

    Stone Age Guest

    Apr 13, 2008
    I'm starting to think I'm the only person on earth using Elmer's wood glue. That works too.
  6. Titebond III for almost all bonding except fingerboards or nuts... real hide glue for that or Titebond liquid "hide" glue in emergencies.
  7. Arx


    Jan 22, 2008
    I'm using Elmer's Pro-bond wood glue right now. (The yellow stuff, not Polyurethane)

    Seems fine to me. It seems to be next most common after Titebond I and II from what I've seen around the various forums.

  8. Maybe I just had a bad batch of Elmer's Pro-bond but I used it once and the glue didn't sand very well. The joints weren't clean and the glue left very small rubbery residue.

    Anyone else have this problem?
  9. Arx


    Jan 22, 2008
    Was it the yellow kind? They make several varieties of pro-bond. I'm using the "Interior wood glue"
  10. I used the exterior wood glue: