Wood glue

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by Man in qajaq, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Man in qajaq

    Man in qajaq Paddler

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    Does wood glue ever expire? I have a bottle of titebond wood glue that is several years old. The possibility of it freezing may have occurred as it is stored in an unheated workshop, in a workbench drawer. Can i tell if its ok?
    My plan is to use it for making a laminated Greenland paddle.
    Thx
    LANNY
     
  2. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

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    Test it on a sample of the wood you will use for the paddle. It should not be separable at the glue joint when you tear the glued section apart. The wood should fail first.

    Look at it in the container first. If it is separated into two layers, toss it. A bottle of fresh glue is a small investment compared to your labor and time in making a new paddle.
     
  3. Kayak Jim

    Kayak Jim Paddler

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    When I have glue that might be "questionable", as in your case, I save it for less critical projects.

    I'm assuming you're referring to Titebond II or III as they are the only ones with any water resistance.