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How Long Does Wood Glue Take To Dry?

By: Daniel Smith




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Everyone knows it can be hard to determine whether wood glue is dry or not. Sometimes it may seem like the glue is dry but even the experts mess up every now and then.

To help you prevent wasting your time we’ve made a guide that answers the question: How long does wood glue take to dry?

How Long Does Wood Glue Take To Dry?

Regular wood glue takes between 10 and 30 minutes to dry. Keep in mind that this does not mean you can put weight on it. The time it takes for wood glue to fully cure is 24 hours. After this, it is safe to put stress on the glue.

How to get the strongest connection

To get the strongest connection possible between two pieces of wood it is recommended to use clamps together with wood glue. Once the wood is clamped down let it cure for 24 hours to get the best result.

If you want to know more about the strongest wood glue read our guide: The strongest wood glue

Which wood glue dries the fastest?

Gorilla Waterproof Wood Glue is the fastest-drying wood glue. It only requires 20-30 minutes of clamp time and is fully cured after 24 hours. Gorilla wood glue can be used for outdoor as well as indoor projects.

Fastest drying glue

Gorilla the strongest wood glue

Gorilla Ultimate Waterproof Wood Glue

our score: 9.3
  • Fastest drying wood glue
  • Great for outdoor applications
  • 20-30 minute clamp time

How to make wood glue dry faster

The time it takes for wood glue to dry depends on the circumstances. Wood that is humid will take longer to fully bond with the glue.

The surrounding air also plays a big role in the glue drying time. If you want wood glue to dry faster make sure you place it in an airy environment. It also helps to put a ventilator blowing constant air on your glued seam.

Heat does not make wood glue dry faster. It may seem tempting to put a heater next to your curing glue but it actually works counterproductive. Most glue manufacturers recommend curing your wood glue at room temperature.

The Author
Daniel Smith
My passion for power tools and work clothing started when I was a kid. My father and I used to build tree houses together, he taught me all the tricks of the trade! Meanwhile, I'm a 28-year-old with more than 7 years of experience on various job sites.

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