How to Glue Wood

Our top 10 gluing tips

Mask glue joints before prefinishing

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Apply wood glue with a flux brush

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Cover bar clamps with wax paper

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Add one board at a time

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Attach small pieces with superglue

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Spread glue with a notched trowel

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Let it jell, then shave it off

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Remove excess glue with an abrasive pad

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Remove hardened glue with a paint scraper

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Tack—then clamp

The Right Amount of Glue

With a little experience, you’ll develop a feel for how much glue is just enough. Too little glue creates a “starved joint,” which will be weak. Too much glue makes a mess and wastes glue. With practice, you’ll know just how much to apply. You should see a continuous line of small glue beads. When this perfect glue joint sets up a little, you’ll find it easy to scrape off the jelled excess, and you’ll have very little cleanup to do.

The best way to learn how to glue wood without making a mess is to practice. Examples of glue squeeze-out
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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Clamps
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Notched trowel
  • Paint scraper
  • Rags
  • Wood chisel

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape
  • Flux brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Abrasive pads