Super Glue as Your Friendly Furniture Stabilizer

September 25, 2014 by Leave a reply »
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Super glue is a product nearly all households are familiar with. In fact, there is even a Wikipedia page all about Super Glue! When working on projects with wood, you may run into an issue that goes beyond the old nuts and bolts of the past.  While many common wood products are made of dense wood with sufficient oils that make the use of wood glue possible, others need a specialized glue like Leather and Wood Super Glue (made by Super Glue Corporation).

Using cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, otherwise known as “super glue,” is a staple of every wood craftsman. Not only does it form quick-drying bonds to different materials, such as metal to plastic, but it also works well on most types of wood safely without creating more damage. Any loose parts on your project present a risk to the overall structure of your wood chair, table, or other wood objects. That is why it is important to address small cracks and punctures that appear to “give out” or dismantle right away before more damage is done.

Stabilizing Rotten Wood

The first thing to remember is that various woods react differently to stabilization. Softwood absorbs large amounts of chemicals and is too sensitive to respond to treatment. An old carpenters’ trick is to fill nail holes or rotting woodwork with sawdust and super glue. To patch wood with this method, you need sawdust that matches the specific wood you are patching. Add some Super Glue to the hole and then sprinkle over the top with the sawdust.  Repeat until the space is filled.

Repairing Furniture Joints

For minor damage and destruction of wood tables, chair joints and other wood surfaces you can quickly restore the strength of your furniture. Inspect the furniture closely for screws, bolts or nails that may have fallen out or dislodged and deformed. Remove these items if they no longer serve as a supportive source. Once these items and old glue have been removed, place the furniture on a flat surface (to help prevent the glue from leaking out) and add a light coat of glue into each joint or crack. Unlike wood glue which requires clamping and a long wait period (sometimes days!), Super Glue dries nearly instantly needing only some masking tape and a little time.

We Want to Hear From You!

Use Super Glue’s Leather and Wood Super Glue adhesive to repair some of your worn out pieces of leather and wood furniture and tell us how Super Glue worked for you in our comments section!


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