Serving Bowls #1: Bowl glue up.

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Well starting some new bowls or serving bowls from the patterns I picked up at the wood show. Here is a glue up of 2 inch thick white oak that the moisture content was 13%. So I used the gorilla glue on one edge just ran a damp Towle down the other edge and glued it up. Not much foaming. I do know how sometimes it can get carried away and foam all over.

I’ll update as I go. I’ll be making a bunch of different types.

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

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Jack you can use that gorilla glue on any moisture level. The thing that I personally follow is I stay away from your wood glues above 12% moisture content. And use the gorilla glue because its activated by moisture. If my wood is at 8% moisture and I run a damp rag down the wood acts like a wick and the grain raises. Now your joint isn’t true anymore. Please don’t get me wrong as the joint will still fit but there are imperfections in the joint. But at a higher moisture content getting closer to that 20% ive actually used gorilla glue without any water and it activated and the joint glued just fine. Weird by the slightest moisture and the glue activates. Here a lesson learned don’t put the brush back into the bottle. The moisture thats picked up out of the wood gets on the brush and if you keep dipping the brush in it activates the glue in the bottle.

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

They recommend wetting the surface before gluing. So if moisture content is low, then you need to bring it up the old fashioned way – lick the board. LOL I just imagined getting splinters in my tongue.

Also good for wood with high oil content.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Jeff I have never used gorilla glue and just wondering if it has any advantages over regular wood glue? Also does the moisture content have to be at a certain point before you use it? Thanks in advance for any information.

-- Jack

Great glue for ‘waterproofing’ joints Jeff and they say it doesn’t creep either. I have used it in on several outdoor projects and it holds up extremely well over the years. The only problem I had with it was that the even though sealed, it dried up in the plastic container relatively quickly, so maybe best purchased in small quantities, unless there is some way to stretch it’s useful life that I don’t know about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

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