End Gluing Time Trials
Yellow wood glues typically have about five minutes of open
time—that’s how long you have to assemble the joint after
you’ve applied glue. Five minutes is sufficient for simple glueups,
but this short window puts a real squeeze on a solo woodworker
facing an assembly with numerous joints.
One way to beat the clock is to buy wood glue with a longer
open time, from a couple extra minutes to half an hour,
depending on the formulation. The only trade-off is longer
clamp time, because these slow-setting formulations take
longer to dry.
Another clock-beating method is to spread glue with a trim
roller. It’s amazingly fast and the roller leaves a nice even layer
of glue. Trim rollers, packaged in a small plastic tray, cost about
$4 in a home center’s paint department. The rollers are
reusable; just rinse them out. Short-nap rollers produce the
Note: Product availability and prices are subject to change.
• Rockler, rockler.com, 800-279-4441,
Titebond Extend wood glue with 7- to 8-minute open time, #24623.
• Garrett Wade, garrettwade.com, 800-221-2942, Slo-Set Glue
with 30-minute open time, #62J04.01.