Wood Glue Vs. Liquid Nails

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Wood Glue Vs. Liquid Nails
Wood Glue vs Liquid Nails (wood boards texture image by starush from Fotolia.com)

Wood glue and Liquid Nails brand adhesive are indispensable products for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. Each will benefit the user experienced in home repair, home renovation and woodworking projects when they are utilised properly.

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Wood glue and Liquid Nails are both adhesives. Both glues are used in conjunction with clamps for a stronger bond.


Liquid Nails has a thick consistency and is used primarily as a heavy-duty construction adhesive. Wood glue is thinner and should be reserved for finer woodworking projects.


Liquid Nails is most often sold in squeeze tubes or in cartridge form to be dispensed with a caulking gun. Wood glue is applied using the squeeze-bottle technique.

Setting Time

Wood glue will usually set in 15 minutes, whereas Liquid Nails requires two to three days to properly cure.

Clean Up

White spirit removes residue from Liquid Nails. Wiping away wood glue spills requires only a slightly dampened rag.

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