Glue: Holding it Together On the Job & In the Workshop

Most woodworkers understand the value of glue to hold things together!

Whether you are a hobbyist who uses glue in crafts, an enthusiastic DIY'er who thrives on new projects around the house and property or a professional who depends on glue to help turn out high quality work; you have a friend in glue.

If you think that glue is a fairly recent invention, you would be wrong.

History of Glue

The fact is that glue and adhesives of various sorts have been around for centuries. In fact, burial pots from the time period of about 4,000 B.C. have been found with their cracks glued together with tree sap. As far as glue for use in carpentry and woodworking, we can thank the ancient Greeks for a variety of useful recipes that included such ingredients as milk, blood, bones, egg whites, grains, cheese and vegetables.

The Romans often used beeswax and/or tar for glue. The first glue to be patented was in England back around 1750. This particular glue was made from fish. After that first patented glue, there were a succession of patents for glue using starch, milk, natural rubber, fish and animal bones.

Nowadays, glue has progressed and become ever more efficient at holding it all together. There are different types of glue, including:

  • Animal protein based adhesives
  • Plant based glues
  • Solvent type glues
  • Synthetic monomer glues
  • Synthetic polymer glues


Glue for Various Applications

The most often used type of glue for most woodworking and building projects is wood glue.

Some wood glue is made from animal proteins, while much of it is synthetic based. Glue and adhesives are also put to good use in other projects, too, such as counter tops, floors, and more. You would be hard pressed to go into a workshop that didn't have some type of glue at hand, ready to be used as needed.

Contact cement is used for gluing Formica counter tops. Besides forming an instant bond without clamping, it will bond the Formica to plywood or particle board and retains its adhesive tackiness for the life of the counter top.

Adhesive glues are also used for vinyl flooring, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, carpet, paneling, tub and shower surrounds along with many other jobs.

While buying a no-name generic might be okay for some things, you really should buy a good quality glue for any job you undertake.


Buy Glue From

Regardless of what type of glue you need, carries high quality, name brand glues and adhesives for any and all of your projects, including the ever popular Gorilla Glue.

Gorilla Glue is a favorite of carpenters and woodworkers and offers an incredible bonding that has made it one of the most often used glues in the world today. also has a great selection of glue guns from such famous brands as Metabo and Bosch.

When you shop for glue at, you have the convenience of browsing and buying online 24/7, with speedy delivery directly to your door! Plus, the prices are sale priced every day to save you big bucks on all of your project needs. has been serving the Sunshine Coast for more than 20 years and is now a designated national retailer, able to serve all of Australia. If you have a question, problem or special request, you can count on prompt assistance from the team of professionals at

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