More about Titebond
Franklin don't just make glue, they provide solutions to customers' problems. This focus on problem solving has resulted in an impressive range of innovative glues. Every new product undergoes thorough testing, both in the laboratory and in the field, before it reaches the market.
Whatever the job, Titebond offers a best-in-class product; packaged in quantities suitable for the workshop or home user, these industrial adhesives make a tremendous difference. Titebond products and the Titebond name have withstood the ultimate test: the test of time.
How to store your wood glue
Bob Behnke, Senior Technical Specialist at Titebond manufacturer Franklin International, recommends storing in a cool, dry place i.e. shed or cellar and he adds that you might be able to extend the life of your glue even longer if you have room for it in your refrigerator.
Recommended clamping times
Titebond Wood Glues: an unstressed joint 30 minutes to 1 hour; a stressed joint 24 hours. Polyurethane Glue: clamp for a minimum of 45 minutes, the glue fully cures in about 6 hours. Construction Adhesive: allows for 30 minutes working time (figure given for a 6mm bead) after which the adhesive begins to cure. After 8 hours the joint will be too strong to pull apart by hand, allowing the removal of any clamps or braces. The adhesive will continue to dry out for up to a week, getting stronger and stronger as it cures.
Gluing end grain joints
Although good joint design minimises the need for gluing end grain, sometimes end grain joints are unavoidable. The strength of end grain joints can be improved if the "open" end grain is first sized. A sizing mixture may be made by mixing one part to two parts water to one part glue. Place the sizing mixture on the end grain. Let it soak in for no more than two minutes, and then continue with a regular application of glue.
Titebond and teak
Titebond wood glues will bond teak or cedar. However, this type of timber tends to have a build up of natural oil on the surface. Before making a bond, a light sanding of the surfaces will remove this surface layer. Alternatively, wipe over with acetone, which dries quickly allowing bonding almost immediately.