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Hobbyists commonly use polyvinyl acetate (PVA), also known as "white glue" or "hobby and craft", and aliphatic resin emulsion, commonly referred to as "carpenter's glue" or "yellow glue", which has similar relative ultimate strength. The two have different grip characteristics before initial set, with PVAs exhibiting more slip during assembly and yellow glue having more initial grip. PVAs are non-toxic and very easy to use, but hard to repair since nothing else sticks well to the hardened glue. PVAs will creep under constant load.

 

Polyvinyl Acetate Resin Emul­sion Glue.
Also called white glue, polyvinyl resin glue is a near relation of that white stuff we used in grade school that was sold under the brand name Elmer’s (and, today, under that and about a hundred other names). It will glue china, paper, and wood.

White glue sets fairly quickly, hardening as the moisture contained evaporates and the glue line becomes transparent. It cures hard in a few hours, though when you are clamping glued pieces together, it’s best to let them set overnight. When buying white glue, be sure that you are buying full-strength glue, since some are watered down for children’s use.

Polyvinyl resin is not water­proof, so is not suitable for damp or exterior application. Also, in situations where the glued pieces will be near a source of heat like a furnace, fireplace, or heater, other glues would be preferable. But white glue is inexpensive, easy to use, non­toxic, and non-flammable. It has a long shelf life (when kept properly sealed), and won’t stain your tools or most work-pieces, though metals and oak are exceptions to that rule. White glue works best at room temperatures.


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