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Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by Alvin, May 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM.
Hi i am new at decoy carving can someone tell me the best glues to use thanks
When I started years ago I used an epoxy resin and powered hardener marine glue, kinda nasty to use but it worked very well. Now, I think Tightbond, Gorilla Glue and others will work as well. Other guys will chime in I’m sure.
Too attach heads or glue two pieces for the body?
I like expoxy, although I've used bondo which doubled as my filler before too.
I now use DAP plastic resin glue to attach bottom boards to cork, epoxy with a filler to fasten the two parts of wood decoys together and 5 minute epoxy with a screw to fasten heads onto cork or wood bodies.
Don't mess with anything else by the "West System" epoxy and be done with it.
I use structural/marine epoxy.
2ton epoxy at your local store but if you plan on doing a lot, go with west systems.
If you can do a really good job of sealing the bird after it's completed, you can easily get away with 'water-resistant' carpenter's glue. It's much cheaper than epoxy.
This is what I use and have never had any issue gluing heads to bodies and halves of bodies. The glue is only effected by water until cured. A joint glued with carpenters glue is normally stronger than the wood pieces it is bonding. When you do a break test the wood fails, not the glue.
been using Gorilla Glue since I could no longer get formica glue. Seems to work really well. I also use a screw and washer when attaching heads and bodies, even with hollow wood dekes. Gorilla does require sanding on joints because it expands.
Find what works for you and go with it.