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The Glue Book (Taunton Woodworking Resource Library) Paperback – December 1, 1998
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On the surface, this may appear to be a technical book. When I first began reading it, I thought I would just gather some information about different glues. Certainly, there is a lot of technical information in this book, but within a few pages I realized that it was providing me with much more than that. After reading this book, you will no longer be confused by glue. Glue is the heart of all fine woodworking -- it is literally what makes your projects last. You will understand this subject fully, and you know why there are so many different glues on the market.
Even though it is a short book (only about 130 pages of actual text) the author covers a vast amount of material. Within this space, Mr. Tandy provides a thorough description and examination of every type of available glue, from its chemistry to its bonding characteristics to its proper uses. Mr. Tandy makes his subject very interesting, constantly offering his insight (and even his opinion in key places) in order to provide you with an honest exploration of the many kinds of woodworking glues and what each one's strengths and weaknesses are. He even touches on the history of each glue, covering how and why it was first developed. Beyond learning about each type of glue, you also learn about how to prepare wood surfaces for gluing, and why wood and glue react to each other the way they do. Mr. Tandy covers the use of glue in specific types of projects, such as curved work, decorative pieces, veneering, and projects involving mixed materials like wood and metal or wood and fabric. Tandy is an excellent teacher. After reading this book, you'll be surprised at how easily you can talk about all the different glues and how confident you are about which glue you need for every type of project.
Now, each time I have a complicated glue-up, I imagine Mr. Tandy there in the shop with me, advising me on what to do.