Those folks at Titebond were serious when they came up with the brand name for their range of adhesives. I made the mistake this winter of leaving all of my glues out in the workshop, where they were exposed to all the harsh frosts and sub-zero temperatures that we experienced (even as recently as last week, let us not forget). As I’ve slowly found my way back in to my workshop recently, I needed examine each glue bottle carefully to ascertain which ones, if any, were still perfectly good to use…
There’s nothing particularly scientific or precise about my test; I simply inverted each bottle in to one of the dog holes on my workbench and looked carefully to see how or ‘if’ the glue was going to follow the law’s of gravity… A positive result, to me, is where all of the adhesive begins its descent almost immediately.
Sadly, both forms of Titebond II (including the Extend version) failed this test. Although, after leaving them like this overnight, it’s fair to say that most of the contents found its way to the nozzle, eventually. I’ve binned those two but Titebond Original seems to be okay so, I’ll try to use that in a future project (Evo-Stick PVAs in my local hardware store have recently rocketed up to £9 a bottle!! I’m sure Titebond glues are close to half of that, online).
However, there was only one winner…
While working on a simple wide shelf made from two narrower boards for the lodger in my mum’s house, I took an offcut from one end and decided to try and break it with a hammer. It broke upon the first rap but, if you can look closely, you’ll see that the break occurred a good couple of inches away from the glue line! 😎
(This photo was taken after varnishing.)
One downside to this glue is the darkened glue line it leaves against lighter timbers (I mostly use it for exterior or workshop jobs). Now, this may be a consequence of the conditions in which this adhesive has survived for the past five-months… But, since it first came to the UK market a couple of years back, I have heard similar complaints from other woodworkers, referring to the stark nature of its the bold joint line it creates.
Thanks for reading.