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What are the different types/grades of wood glue?

This is really too broad for SE but at some point there was going to be a question that asked about wood glue generally and I think it makes a good reference point for future visitors so I'm going to ...
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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle

I picture a jig of the same diameter as the circle so that it can't bow out but I wonder if there are simpler ideas. Likely this would apply as well to other things and not just circles... other ...
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Making wood filler from sawdust

I remember hearing a while ago that sawdust and wood glue can be used as a wood filler to fill in gaps and imperfections. Yes you can do this, but note that the term "sawdust" might be slightly ...
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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?

All you need to do to prepare wood for glueing is to 'clean' the surface. This can actually just be cleaning in the literal sense of the word since a wipe down with soapy water (followed by rinsing ...
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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?

Why go through with all the hassle of combining two slim boards, and not just purchase and use a thicker 2x4? Cost Wood of smaller dimensions can be cheaper, cheap enough that two smaller pieces can ...
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Applying clamping pressure on opposing sides of a circle

I have used ratcheting band clamps on curved shapes with very good results. ( I could not find an image using the clamp on a circular form, but the principle is the same.) Rather than applying ...
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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

Almost every glue commonly in use won't take stain, and one or two that are said to stain don't stain as well as you'd like (similar story with 'stainable filler' incidentally) so it's good practice ...
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Gluing joints with no clamps

If you're using most modern glues you do need clamps*, or some substitute, here. Hide glue is the one exception since it can be used to create rubbed joints. Although some people use PVA-type glues in ...
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How long does glue take to dry?

As is frequently the case in woodworking, it depends. Most common wood glues, including all PVA-type adhesives (both white and yellow), dry by dehydration. That is they are literally dried, ...
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Making wood filler from sawdust

Yes, that is a method still in use. You can use it to fill gaps. But, the unfortunate thing about this method is... You create a place on wood that is different in absorbing the oil/stain that you ...
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Advice on fixing cam bolt hole

You might actually be able to fix this using white or yellow glue but it would be better to use a gap-filling adhesive. The simplest option for this is epoxy. Virtually any epoxy will work here, so ...
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Laminating 2" red oak to make 4x4s?

Is there any problem or surprise waiting for me if I laminate the boards in this way? Not if you glue them together properly, no. Properly here means well-jointed faces on both pieces (flat and ...
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Should I further "break" split wood before gluing?

Getting the glue deep into the existing cracks might be difficult. I've heard of glue injectors that are presumably designed for this problem. Instead of that I was thinking of trying to widen the ...
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What joining methods would be best for the legs and other areas of a height adjustable desk?

In the linked design (above) for the desk they use butt joints and they use screws to construct the legs. But I was wondering if it would be better if I used wood glue. For some joints screws can be ...
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How can I join two boards at the ends?

If you really want strength, you could cut a Kanawa Tsugi! It's a keyed scarf joint taken from the timber framing tradition of Japanese temple builders. There are examples where this joint has held up ...
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How can I join two boards at the ends?

In the woodworking industry, we have this type of joint very often on countertops, and other field joint scenarios. We usually use a combination of biscuits, for alignment, and tite joint fasteners, ...
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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?

Wood has a tendency to warp. Depending upon the orientation of the grain in individual boards it can do so in a variety of ways (see an answer to this question for a picture of some of the ways. The ...
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Glue for butcher's blocks

whenever I wash the board with water and soap, the glue becomes visible, as though it is returning to its uncured state Most PVA-type glues (the majority of woodworking glues used today) are clear/...
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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?

I have several suggestions for gluing this type of slab. The glue does not spread itself. Always distribute it evenly before making contact between pieces. You can do this using a brush or a roller....
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Wood glue curing vs drying time

What is the difference [between glue drying and curing time] As covered somewhat in this previous Q&A, How long does glue take to dry? all PVA wood glues 'dry' by literally drying initially and ...
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How can I drill a D-shaped hole to make a custom wood knob for an old stove?

It appears from the description and the photo that the stub cross section is in essence a circle with a chord removed, basically it's a cylinder with a flat bottom. The easiest way to create a ...
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gluing small pieces

It's not clear if you're glueing squares one at a time to each other and whether you will eventually glue to a backer board so some of the following may not apply. Firstly two general points. You ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

He also covers gluing end-grain (starting at ~5:20) and suggests making a "seizing"(at ~6:00), which is basically wood-glue mixed with some water to "seize" the wood before the ...
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Can you apply wood with glue over stained areas?

There are a few Q&As here with related info on bonding wood with stain or finish on it, here's another Should I finish before, during, or after assembly? Because of the specifics of your build ...
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Gluing end-grain

Look at Patrick Sullivan's "end grain glue" video experiment on YouTube to be amazed by his analysis showing that end-grain glue joints are actually stronger than other grain orientations ...
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How does wood glue create strong joints?

Here is a pretty detailed, technical discussion of gluing wood. There are two primary mechanisms of adhesion: valence forces, and interlocking action. Valence forces are forces of attraction ...
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How tight should a dado joint be?

Some woodworkers are of the opinion that dado joints (UK: housing joints) can't be too tight as long as you can get them to engage and disengage without splintering. Others disagree and think an "easy ...
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Do modern glues make dovetails obsolete?

Dovetails can be obsolete in the sense they aren’t entirely needed depending on how strong the joint needs to be. Glues can be stronger than the wood in the sense that the surface fibers the glue is ...
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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

Since it doesn't relate to the other things we're discussing in the Comments we can go ahead and Answer the main query you posted here. In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin? ...
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