Come Visit The Gorilla Glue Booth at Woodworking in America
Next week will be my 5th Woodworking in America conference working for Gorilla Glue at their booth. The Gorilla Glue Company has been a sponsor of this event since it’s inception, and has continued to show it’s support of woodworkers, hobbyists and DIY’ers everywhere. They are a local Cincinnati company, with products made in America employing hundreds of families that continues to bring new and innovative products to market.
This event is always the highlight of my annual woodworking calendar. Meeting old friends and new, sharing ideas, learning techniques and spending a wad of cash always comes with a two day set of demos in The Marketplace. This year we are excited to have a whole series of demos and a furniture build planned during The Marketplace hours.
Everyone knows about their Type II PVA wood glue, a product that I’ll put against any of the other Type II PVA adhesives out there. For this year, however, we are going old school (sorry not a hide glue), and focusing the demos around the uses and benefits of their original Polyurethane glue. This is a 100% waterproof formula, and is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications. For serious woodworkers, Gorilla Glue is excellent for oily tropical woods like teak.
That’s where the furniture build comes in. I’ve been working on an outdoor bench (The Conversation Bench) made from some teak I picked up at Midwest Woodworking here in town before they all but shut their doors after their owner Frank David passed away. This stuff is amazing, and is from the same lot Chris Schwarz has blogged about over the last year for his Campaign Furniture book from Lost Art Press. This bench is going to live (and eventually die) outdoors, so I’m building it tough. All of the major joinery will be glued with Gorilla’s Polyurethane glue and reinforced with draw bore pegs. This is the same technique used to reinforce the joinery on the split top Roubo bench.
I’ll be showing how you can use this old technique to reinforce wood joinery for all eternity. I’ll be pounding out teak pegs from square stock thanks to the handy Lie-Nielsen Dowel plate. I’ll also show how to properly prepare the glue surface of teak by first removing the residual oils with a solvent like mineral spirits, and then using water to dampen one of the surfaces. Most people don’t understand that Gorilla Glue is water activated, time to clear that up once and for all. Yes it “foams” but clean up is actually easier than dried PVA glue if you ask me.
Please be sure to stop by and say hello. You can watch how to make some draw bore pegs as I assemble the outdoor bench. If you want to stick around you can watch glue dry on some small scale model prototype pieces glued up with the Gorilla Glue gel formula superglue. It will only take about 15 seconds.
One last thing, as in the years past, we’ll be going the “Trade in for Tough” Promotion:
Trade in for Tough at the 2013 Woodworking In America show!
During this year’s show, Gorilla Glue will trade you any used bottle of wood glue (any size, any brand) for a 2 oz. bottle of Original Gorilla Glue! Original Gorilla Glue is our toughest glue on planet earth. It’s incredibly strong and 100% waterproof polyurethane formula makes it ideal for woodworking projects that will be exposed to outdoor elements. It also works extremely well on oily, exotic woods, such as teak. Stop by our booth to get your 2 oz. Gorilla Glue. The promotion is open to registered attendees of the 2013 Woodworking in America show. Attendees MUST trade a new or used bottle of any brand wood glue to qualify. There can be any amount of glue in the used bottle. Only one “trade” permitted per person.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Woodworking in America show to Trade in for Tough!