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Better Bond™ Veneer Glue
Color: Light



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Product Description


Designed for use with lighter woods like maple, ash, sycamore, laurel, tamo, and more. Better Bond™ Light veneer glue minimizes glue line visibility and reduces the effects of the woodworker's worst enemy - "sand-through". Better Bond cold press veneer glue is a thick fiberous-resin filled adhesive that reduces bleed-through and bonds quickly. It is also an excellent gap filling adhesive.

Ultimately, you have decide if your veneer work deserves the best veneer adhesive. Does it? Of course it does but the truth is that you will never know how impressive this adhesive is until you try it. It will only take one project panel to see that this glue works better than any other cold press veneer glue.

For me, the fact that the panels dry very quickly is a major plus. I've also grown accustomed to its forgiveness in application. Instead of requiring a special glue applicator or a measuring device, this glue goes down perfectly with something as simple as a basic glue roller.

The beauty of the BBCP adhesive is that when it's applied correctly, it produces a flawless panel every time. Don't be fooled by veneer adhesives that claim a ridiculously high level of solid content. Click here to understand why solid content tells you nothing about bond strength and how it is often over-estimated for marketing purposes.

Better Bond Cold Press veneer glue is formulated for vacuum press veneering but will also work with other veneer clamping methods.

  • Non-flammable
  • No harmful vapors
  • Dries to a hard film
  • Thick consistency reduces bleed-through
  • Tinted to inconspicuously fill voids in medium tone veneers
  • Does not allow "creep" or movement of the veneers on the substrate

Shelf Life: 12 months
Assembly Time: 15 minutes
Clamp Time: 45-60 minutes

Coverage: Approximately 70 square feet per quart or 280 square feet per gallon

Tips from Joe

  • If you're ordering veneer glue, don't forget a glue roller. It's worth every penny.
  • This adhesive is also an excellent general-purpose woodworking glue.
  • The Better Bond cold press veneer glue (in light, medium, and dark) is suitable for standard thickness veneers only. Thicker veneers require a PPR glue such sa Ultra-CAT™.
  • We also recommend Ultra-CAT instead of standard cold press adhesives for crotch grain veneers.

Size Option
Better Bond cold press veneer glue is available in quart and gallon sizes. Since a gallon of this glue can weigh almost 10 lbs, you can also select a gallon size with an optional empty quart bottle to make it easier to apply glue to the substrate. A "yorker" spout is included with the empty quart bottle.

Questions About Veneer Glue?
Check out the JoeWoodworker Veneer Glue FAQ.

Which color/tone of veneer glue should I use?
It's a common misunderstanding that the color options are available to minimize the visibility of the glue line at the edge of the panel but the glue line is very thin and it's typically not visible at the edges.

The primary use of these color options is to fill the pin holes which are typically found in burl veneer. When working with a burl veneer, it's best to use a veneer glue that matches the color of the wood cells around the voids which are often somewhat darker than the rest of the veneer. Some species such as Karelian birch burl have a very light color for much of the surface area but have very dark burl pockets. It's best to use the medium tone of the cold press glue for these types of veneers.

Will this glue work for bent laminations?
For any type of multi-layer veneering, it is best to use a PPR glue such as Ultra-CAT.

What is the shelf life of this adhesive?
Our supplier specifies 15 months of shelf life. Since our inventory turn-over rate is just under 3 months, our customers can expect 12 months of shelf life.

Can I use this glue even if it is beyond the shelf life?
That is a risk that you have to be willing to take. I would not recommend it and I would not use an expired adhesive for my veneer projects. Typically there are no visual indicators that a glue has exceeded the shelf life and is not suitable for use.

What kind of finishes can be used on a project that has been veneered using this adhesive?
You can use shellac as well as water-based, oil-based, lacquer-based, and alkyd-based stains and top coats. Do not flood the surface with the first coat of finish. Apply a light coat and allow it to dry. Then proceed with heavier coats of finish as needed.

Is this glue suitable for thick veneers?
Standard veneer thickness is 1/42". The Better Bond cold press adhesive is perfect for this thickness of veneer. For anything thicker, a PPR glue such as Ultra-CAT is recommended. All wood veneers will expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. A thick veneer has a greater ability to expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. When the veneer expands and contracts more than the substrate, several problems can arise. This is  called "veneer creep" and it can only be avoided by using an exceptionally strong bond to the substrate. A PPR glue provides the bond strength that prevents creeping.

Can I use this adhesive on crotch grain veneer?
Better Bond cold press veneer glue is not recommended for crotch veneers. A plastic powdered resin glue such as Ultra-CAT™ is far better for challenging veneers with crotch grain.

Where can I find a chart that shows all of the Better Bond veneer glue differences?
This downloadable adhesive chart shows all of key points about each of the Better Bond veneer adhesives and may be helpful when choosing a glue for your next veneering project.

Is this adhesive freeze/thaw stable?
Freezing will not harm this product.

What else should I know about this glue?
A medium density rubber foam roller is the best way to apply the adhesive. The rule of thumb is that the surface of the substrate should look "heavily painted" with veneer glue but not dripping wet. Always apply glue to the substrate material, not to the veneer.

Always use 80 grit sandpaper to scuff sand the substrate material. This will create the best possible bond strength.

One of the most common veneering problems is the tendency of the panel to warp after it is removed from the press. There are two easy ways to minimize this issue. The first is to veneer both sides of the panel. A backer veneer should be used on the reverse side of the substrate. This will balance the stress placed on the substrate as the glue dries and the veneer re-acclimates to the shop environment. The second step to preventing panel warp is to allow both sides of the panel to dry evenly. Support the panel with dowels on a flat surface until the glue has cured.

Unbacked maple veneer requires special attention. Avoid problems by scuff sanding the adhesive side of the maple veneer and ensuring that there is adequate clamping pressure while the glue sets up.

If this adhesive is to be used with a paper-backed veneer, be sure to thoroughly scuff the back side of the veneer before application to allow adequate penetration of the adhesive.

Some settling of content is normal and does not affect the integrity of the bond. To minimize settling, store the bottle on its side and rotate it one-half turn once a month.

Clamp/Press/Set Time: 45-60 minutes
Cure Time: 3 - 4 hours
Open Time: 10 - 12 minutes
Shelf Life: 12 months
Available Tones: Light, Medium & Dark

Why can't I clamp the veneered panel for more than 60 minutes?
Cold press adhesives cure by evaporation. In a vacuum or mechanical press, there is very little air movement at the glue line and because of this, there is very little curing. If the panel is pressed for too long, mold can form on the veneer. This is especially true with cherry and maple. Clamping for more than 60 minutes can also allow the glue to over-saturate the substrate and cause swelling. For cold press glue, always press the panel for 45 to 60 minutes and then let it cure outside of the press for 3 to 4 hours.

Product Reviews

  1. Review from Pahrump, NV

    Review by Gary Remillard

    I recently purchased a quart of this adhesive and successfully used it to bond highly figured paper-backed "bird's eye" maple veneer to pieces of Baltic birch plywood. I experienced no difficulties in application, tack development, bleed-through, or de-lamination through the panel finishing process. The adhesive performed as well as advertised and, actually, better than expected. The only suggestion for improvement I can make is for the supplier to provide a recommended spread rate range in grams/sq. ft.

  2. Review from St Paul Minnesota

    Review by Brian Nelsen

    Color choice was perfect for the woods suggested, very little bleed thru even of very open veneers. Great product that performs better than expected.

  3. Perfect Glue

    Review by Jeff Rapkins

    My company uses this veneer glue for all of our maple and sycamore projects. With it, glue lines are invisible. No complaints at all.

  4. Very Strong Glue

    Review by Steve Johnson

    I have used this glue extensively and it has all but replaced yellow glue in my shop. Very strong glue. Joe is a great guy to buy from he always comes thru.

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