Can You Just Hold It For Five Minutes – Using Epoxy Glue

Five minute epoxy, how long does it take? Someone who shall remain nameless was visiting my shop and saw my abundant glue shelf. My shop is by no means well-organized. Honestly, the only time I clean is when it becomes a safety issue. I keep a clean area around saws and moving equipment for obvious reasons, but my glue shelf is a mess.

My visitor asked, “so what is your favorite glue?” Although there is never a bad question if you really don’t know. This was a question impossible to answer with only one glue. My favorite types of glue are quick setting – 15 minute, 30 minute or 5 minute epoxy glues. I also love CA (Cyanoacrylate) glue. I use CA when it is most convenient to just hold something in place and not clamp it. Off course you can’t beat just plain white wood glue. There are tricks when using glues. Some clues like wood glue is best clamped under pressure. Make sure you get a good even coat, and apply good clamps and above all give it time. Don’t rush a wood glue up job. Let it stay in the clamps at least 24 hours, it’s not like you don’t have another project to work on in the meantime.

When it comes to epoxy glues I like a good five minute epoxy. I find it generally cheaper when bought by the bulk from a hobby store or online. If it comes into little tubes with a syringe it’s probably not going to do. Two-part epoxies are heavily affected by the temperature. When you glue up a project, set the timer for twice as long as the glue claims to take to set.  Set a timer and find something else around the shop to do, especially if the weather is cold in the shop – which it can get quite cool in my shop (in the 60s, which is cool for the Cigar Box Hut’s southern locale).

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