Kicrrvyla wrote:Hey guys,
I'm making a wooden box in one of my classes and wanted your opinion as to which adhesive was better. I already have a hot glue gun (high temp) w/ glue sticks, so that would be ideal for me instead of going out and buying wood glue. They have some at the woodshop, but I don't want to leave it there if it won't dry in less than an hour.
How strong does the box need to be? Hot glue is not typically used for any applications that require strength. Below is a quote from the adhesives.org website. Also, how tight do the joints need to be? If you use a wood glue like Titebond II or II, then with proper application, the joint gap will be minimal. However, with hot glue, often times the glue starts setting as soon as you apply it so often there is a good size gap between the two surfaces you are joining.
The melting and cooling of polymers provides the methods of delivery and adhesion for hot melt adhesives. Hot glue is most commonly applied using a glue gun and comes in low (250°F) and high (380°F) melting options. Many varieties and performances are available depending on the polymer type. Hot glue can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces. Because of its high viscosity, it can bond uneven surfaces together and is great at filling gaps. Hot glue is not typically used in high strength applications
. And, it will not survive elevated temperatures near the application temperature. However, it provides a very quick setting option for a variety of crafts and substrates. It’s a great all-purpose craft glue for quick set up and execution, but it’s not for use by children."https://www.adhesives.org/adhesives-sealants/adhesive-selection/types-of-glue-glue-tips