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Better Bond X-Press Veneer Glue

Available in three tones, Better Bond X-Press™ is a fast-setting veneer glue with an advanced fibrous-resin additive that reduces bleed-through issues in all wood veneers. This unique adhesive is specially tinted to reduce glue line visibility and fill voids in burl veneers. Use it with all domestic and exotic wood species.

We call it X-Press ("express") because it sets very fast - only 45 to 60 minutes of clamping time is needed, and it does this without sacrificing usability or ease of application. Instead of requiring a special glue applicator, mixer, or measuring device, X-Press adhesive spreads easily right from the bottle with a simple glue roller.

Months of testing and valuable customer feedback allowed me to fine tune the synthetic fibrous-resin additive that is blended into every batch. This component minimizes bleed-through issues and acts as a gap-filler for voids in burl veneers. Don't be fooled by adhesives that claim ridiculously high levels of solids. The solid content percentage indicates nothing about bond strength and so it is often over-estimated for marketing purposes.

Better Bond X-Press™ veneer glue is a critical component of durable and stable veneered panel. It is formulated for vacuum press veneering but will also work with other veneer clamping methods.

Features

  • Better Bond Veneer GlueNon-flammable
  • No mixing required
  • No harmful V.O.C.'s
  • Cleans up with water
  • Fast bond and cure times
  • Thick consistency reduces bleed-through
  • Dries to a hard film that eliminates veneer creep
  • Tinted to inconspicuously fill voids in burl veneers and hide the glue line

Pricing
Quart: $14.95       Gallon: $26.95
The gallon size is a bit heavy and it can be awkward to hold during application. To make this easier, select the gallon size with an optional empty quart bottle with a yorker spout for $2.

Shelf Life: 12 months
Assembly Time: 10 - 12 minutes
Clamp Time: 45 - 60 minutes
Coverage: 70 square feet per quart, 280 square feet per gallon (approximately)
Minimum Use Temperature: 55° F
Safety Information: Click here

Tone Options
Light: Tinted to match Ash, Birch, and Maple
Medium: Tinted to match Cherry, Mahogany, and Oak
Extra Dark: Tinted to match Walnut and Wenge

X-Press Veneer Glue Colors
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Tips from Joe

  • You want a durable veneered panel, right? Then don't use yellow glue or the equivalent for veneering. It's a common mistake and yet many will tell you about their success using yellow glue on veneer. The problem is they often do not have long term success. Yellow glue allows veneer to expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity even when a top coat is applied. This is called "veneer creep" and it will eventually cause the veneer to delaminate.
  • If you are ordering veneer glue, don't forget a glue roller. It's worth every penny.
  • This adhesive is also an excellent general-purpose woodworking glue.
  • X-Press veneer adhesive is not suitable for extra-thick veneer or crotch grain veneer. Use a PPR glue such as Ultra-CAT™ for these veneer types.

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




Which tone should I use for a veneer with both light and dark colors?
Generally speaking it's best to choose a darker tone when the veneer contains both light and dark colors. When working with a burl veneer, consider using a tone 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 or extra dark tone of the cold press glue for these types of veneers.

Is this glue different than Better Bond Cold Press glue?
It really depends on when you purchased Better Bond Cold Press glue from us. In the early part of last year, we experimented with changes to the amount and type of filler resin which was an organic product and is now a synthetic compound. The prime objective was reducing bleed-through issues and increasing the void-filling ability without affecting the quality of the bond or changing the open, set and cure times.

I personally tested, tortured and evaluated countless test panels over the course of several months. Many of our customers offered very helpful opinions as well. Once we settled on the new blend, I went to work on improving the tones to better match various species of wood. Small modifications continued and we quietly started shipping the new formula under the Better Bond Cold Press name in the last quarter of the year. The X-Press name was applied to better identify the cold press glue among the Better Bond line of products.

Can I use this glue on paperbacked veneer?
Yes. Thoroughly scuff the back side of the veneer before application to allow adequate penetration of the adhesive.

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 X-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 X-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.

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 & Extra 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. Great Stuff

    Review by Michael Deputy
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    From what I can tell, this stuff is great. I just finished gluing up and trimming my first home-sawn veneer...first veneer at all for that matter, and it's holding great. I guess I won't know until years down the road how well it holds up to time, but at this moment I'm very happy. I will say, if you're working with walnut, get the dark option. I went with medium, and I was wrong lol. No big deal, but I had to fill with dark epoxy where the knot-holes showed my glue.


  2. Great Glue

    Review by Charles Thrower
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    I bought the extra dark for a walnut burl inlay. Works great, covered any imperfections, enough working time, and seems very real adhered. I used the glue roller which made it quite easy and spread evenly. Now use for all my inlay work.


  3. Veneer Glue

    Review by John Stowall
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    This is an excellent product and one that I think a lot of people are unaware of. It is easy to use and bonds perfectly to all substrates I have tried.


  4. Great Glue

    Review by Ted Riley
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    Great glue. Always have great results. Be sure to buy the glue roller. And as always, my order was well packed, shipped and arrived in a timely manner.


  5. Best Glue All-Around Glue

    Review by Bernhard Lampert
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    I have been using this glue successfully for about 4 years. I use it for all my gluing: Veneering, general gluing and laminations. As an aside, I had misplaced one bottle and found it after 4 years(!) storage, I did some test glue-ups and they all worked just the same as compared to glue of a more recent vintage! Excellent glue!

    [Note from Joe: It is important to remember that what appears to be a good bond now doesn't necessarily indicate that the bond will be durable. I would be concerned about the durability of the bond if the adhesive was 4 years old.]


  6. Works Great with African Mahogany

    Review by Matt Arndt
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    The veneer glue works great. I bought the darkest glue for working with African Mahogany. This is my third order of glue and other veneering products.


  7. Great Cold Press Veneer Glue

    Review by John Hall
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    Not only is this product excellent, the customer services is GREAT! I am a repeat customer many times over. I have never been disappointed in the products. I am into a big veneer project and am into the second gallon of glue. No problems.


  8. Worked Perfectly

    Review by Richard Fentzke
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    I have used this glue for both walnut and quilted maple veneers (dark and light versions). It worked perfectly with no trouble in a vacuum press.


  9. Prompt Delivery

    Review by Dale Heideman
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    A great product at a good price with prompt delivery is a winning formula. Joe provides friendly, helpful service which is an added bonus.


  10. Holds Like Heck

    Review by Larry Epstein
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    Just used your glue to bind a piece of cherry veneer to the ukulele I am making. After softening with Super-Soft 2, it did a great job. Thank you for prompt delivery and courtesy.


  11. Great Product and Superb Service

    Review by Luke Kelleher
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    Great product! This was my first go at veneering and all reliable sources on the internet pointed to Joe and his site. Home run. Found what I needed, order arrived promptly and Joe has been incredibly helpful ensuring everything worked out.

    Using the glue-- Instructions were clear, X-Press glue worked flawlessly (ordered glue roller and happy I did). Appreciated quick clamp time in particular! Many thanks!


  12. Great Stuff!

    Review by Thomas Jonin
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    Best all around veneer glue that I've ever used. I've used it with excellent results and so has my son. I highly recommend it. It has a wonderful capacity to fill voids in veneers to the degree of creating a very uniform and well blended surface.


  13. Great Product - A Big Step Forward

    Review by Philip Gruppuso
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    I used to use ordinary wood glue for cold press veneering. Better Bond X-Press is a big step forward for me. It's easy to spread (I use a brush for small areas and a foam roller for larger ones), and it sets up quickly enough to allow me to get onto the next step within an hour or so. It's thicker than ordinary wood glue, so it doesn't bleed through small defects in the veneer. And it comes in three shades, a real plus for those times when it does bleed through and accumulates in a defect.


  14. Fine-slotted trowel for best results

    Review by Dean Hagler
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    Have used this glue for years with all types of veneers. I use the light and medium colored glues for my glue-ups since most my veneers are light colored. I use a fine-slotted trowel (found at most box stores) to spread the glue in fine lines. This process leaves just enough glue to get great veneer bonding and almost no glue squeeze-out for easy finishing.


  15. Works Great

    Review by Rod Powell
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    Have already gone thru the whole gallon. The best veneer glue I have used. Did not have any problems with the glue. Vacuum pressed all my veneer with the vacuum press kit I purchased from Joe.


  16. It Will Change Your Life

    Review by Byron Robitaille
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    Joe should get a genius grant or otherwise be recognized for his expertise in developing a fast setting no bleed through veneer glue. It was superb when the filler was pecan shells, I think the glue with synthetic filler is even better, and easier to spread. It is virtually fool proof especially when used with his expertly designed vacuum press, for which he also deserves a genius grant. It will change your life, at least in the woodworking shop


  17. It's the best!

    Review by David Reinders
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    This is the best cold press glue I've ever come across. It's just the right consistency for easy spreading, not too thin, not too thick. And it's just the right tackiness to hold the veneer in place while I put my project in the vacuum bag. I'll never use any other brand ever again.


  18. Great veneer glue!

    Review by Lynne Buss
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    I've had bleed through issues with several veneers for many years. Better Bond X-Press Veneer Glue solved this issue immediately. Great glue. Wish I'd tried it years ago!


  19. First Time - Big Job

    Review by Bob De Vries
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    I tried the Better Bond on my largest single piece layup to date and was very happy. I pushed the open time to the limit with no problems and it turned out great! Oh, I've had problems with bleed through in the past...not this time! Thanks Joe for all the great service, products and advice!


  20. Looking Forward to Another Project

    Review by David Barnett
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    The veneer arrived sooner than I expected and it was even more beautiful than shown in the pictures. I'm in the midst of the project and it's turning out great. I've never used veneer before and so was somewhat intimidated at first. However, the products that I purchased were exactly what I needed. I am taking my time and believe the vanity dresser that I am reclaiming will be as beautiful as it was when originally purchased. Thanks Joe for all the encouragement and help!


  21. Better Bond X-Press Review

    Review by David McCune
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    I like this glue because it dries fast and hard. Harder than wood glue. Also, as I work with a lot of maple, the light color is my favorite. Using the appropriate color glue helps make my edges seamless.


  22. Great Glue

    Review by Rod Taylor
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    This excellent glue is and has been our standard for the past few years! Not all glues are equal, we did at one time use Tite bond veneer glue and it worked ok but Better Bond [X-Press] is a Ferrari in comparison, it seems to dry faster, spreads out more evenly and we have not had ANY bleed thru with this product! We use the Light and the Medium mostly! Joe is always working on refining his products and we know thru his articles that he has been tweaking this glue to make it preform even better! Now if you could only make glue that was self clamping? HA! Great product, great price!


  23. Another Great Review

    Review by Raymond Brasser
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    Great service - would recommend Joe to anyone interested in veneering. Doesn't get better than this.


  24. Perfect Every Time

    Review by Nathan Hunter
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    As a professional furniture shop, VeneerSupplies.com is my go-to supplier for veneer related products. Shipping is always quick, updates are predictable and the products are invariably superior.


  25. Great Website and Products for Veneering

    Review by Jerzy Szewczyk
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    This is great website for your veneering supplies. Selection, especially burl veneer is amazing. And I got answers to all my questions regarding product selection like softeners and glue. And since this was the first time I've used burl veneer, this was really helpful to me. From now on I will buy all my veneering supplies from this website.


  26. Big Fan!

    Review by Philip Gruppuso
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    Outstanding veneer glue. Much better than standard PVA. My order was filled promptly, and packing and shipping were excellent. I love this outfit. They are considerate, communicative and reliable.


  27. Try it. You'll love it.

    Review by Hank Smith
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    I recently finished a project where I needed to veneer several hundred feet of Bubinga for door panels and cabinet sides. I used several gallons of the dark color Better Bond without any failures except for my own:). There were no voids, bubbles or veneer becoming loose. Any bleed through was easy to address.

    Overall I believe that this site has quality products with great customer service.


  28. Outstanding Glue and Incredible Customer Service

    Review by Dennis Bowden
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    This glue has been great for my furniture pieces. Most of my work during the last two years has been with walnut burl and elm burl. I use the medium and dark tones obviously and they bond perfect every time. I don't want to worry about mixing and I don't want to worry about bleed-through issues so I use a glue I can trust. This is it.

    A word or two about the level of customer service here. You won't find better customer service anywhere. The owner is a woodworker and a veneer user. So when you ask a question, you get a response from someone who knows what he is talking about. He helped solve a problem I was having with a restoration project. It was entirely my fault but Joe worked with me to figure that part out. He is very knowledgeable and willing to help.


  29. Thumbs Up

    Review by Arvid Lindstrum
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    Great product. I used this glue on some Sapele Pommele veneer and it did very well. It spreads and cleans up as easily as yellow glue. There was bleed through as you would expect with highly figured veneer but it sanded well and there was no glue flash in the finish.


  30. Outstanding

    Review by Steve Sawyer
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    Not only is this glue outstanding but when I had a question about coloring it, Joe was back to me within hours - on a weekend - with an answer! Great products, great information, great service. I couldn't be happier with a supplier.


  31. Review from Essex, CT

    Review by Harry Brown
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    I searched around for veneer products and came upon this company. Joe was very helpful and shipped the veneer and glue promptly. All arrived 100%. I could not be more pleased. His choice of veneers is wonderful. And the website, unlike so many others, is simple and easy to use. Thanks Joe!


  32. Review from Concord, NH

    Review by Robert Claflin
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    Best veneer glue available! No mixing, easy application, appropriate set-up time, no problems. Excellent price and, as always with Joe, great service and delivery.


  33. Review from New York, New York

    Review by Terry Dote
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    I have been using this glue for veneering and even some joinery for a few years now and I like it very much. I think the tack is quick enough to allow you time to align your parts, but not quick enough that you feel you have to rush. Glue cleans up well and sticks really well. I use the light and the extra dark colors.


  34. Review from Oronogo, Missouri

    Review by Bill Stross
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    I love this glue. I've had no adhesive issues since using this product. I get perfect consistency for roller application, adequate working time, and quick clamping time. I would highly recommend this product. Also, always a quick ship and safe arrival.


  35. The Only Glue I Use

    Review by Paul Torchinski
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    This is the only glue I use these days. I have tried several others and what I have found is that none of them work quite a well as the Better Bond stuff. I primarily use the "dark" version since most of my projects are walnut and mahogany. I'm very satisfied with this company. My orders arrive quickly and packed well.


  36. Not Just For Veneering

    Review by Sebastian Kaye
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    The Better Bond cold press glue is great for veneering but I recently started using it to glue up solid wood pieces. It does the job nicely and since it is darker in color, it is perfect for gluing up walnut joints.

    When I emailed the owner of this company about my findings, he replied quickly and confirmed that this is an excellent glue for generally joinery so I havent switched back to yellow glue for nearly half a year. I here now to order more.

    So what does a gallon of glue get you? You will have to figure that out but I can tell you that a gallon will do an astonishing number of projects. And for veneering, the other reviews here speak well enough to that. Indeed this glue should be in every shop (even if you are not veneering with it).


  37. Excellent Veneer Glue

    Review by Wyatt Burns
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    This is the first product review I've ever written. That alone should make a statement about how well this Better Bond glue works. I've been doing walnut burl panels on my jewelry boxes for over 10 years and I have wanted a darker glue that wasnt toxic.

    This glue is excellent. With my burl veneers, the darker color just works out perfectly. When I wrote to Joe asking about its thickness, he replied very quickly and gave me a thoughtful answer. Then when I ordered the glue, he shipped it within a couple of hours and it arrived two days later.

    As mentioned, I have never written a product review before today. This is just such a good glue that I had to do it.


  38. Perfect for Walnut

    Review by Howard Gorman
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    At first, I worried that it wasnt dark enough but when it dries even darker. The final dried color is like a dark chocolate color. It's perfect for dark veneers. I've been using it for a few weeks and just ordered a gallon to replace the quart I had. On the walnut burl projects I've done, the glue worked well to fill some of the voids in the burl. I recommend this product.


  39. Highly Recommended

    Review by Eric Randese
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    Walnut burl is much easier to prep for finishing when the glue helps fill some of the pores. I highly recommend this veneer glue for any dark veneer. It dries as hard as a other more expensive glues but this stuff is premixed and has a much better shelf life. We now buy this glue here by the case (4 gallons) and the shipping charges are respectable. Delivery times are also very good.


  40. Sands Easily

    Review by Eric De Kruyff
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    I have used several PVA type glues in the past for veneering, however I was amazed at just how well this glue worked with veneer. It's thicker than standard yellow glue, sands easier, does not bleed through nearly as much, and sets up very quickly.
    A must have for veneer projects A+++.


  41. No Better Glue for Veneer

    Review by Russ Ramirez
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    There is no better glue for veneer. I would not even think of using anything else. I have had exotic veneer glued with Better Bond cold press glue for 5 years with no changes in the integrity of the bond.


  42. There is Definitely a Difference

    Review by Stephen H. Phillips
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    The Better Bond cold press veneer glue has taken so much frustration out of veneering for me and my partner. We were using a PVA glue and had lots of problems with bleeding and bumps in the veneer. I sent pictures to Joe and he made several suggestions (while not trying to sell me anything). I tried his advice and the following veneer came out much better. Then I bought this glue and a roller and the next veneer came out perfectly. There is definitely a difference in the glues. The BB glue is easier to spread and I had so much less bleeding. Just don't leave the glue in the press for too long. Follow the directions on the label!!


  43. Review from Pahrump, NV

    Review by Gary Remillard
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    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.


  44. Review from St Paul Minnesota

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


  45. Perfect Glue

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


  46. Very Strong Glue

    Review by Steve Johnson
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    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.


  47. Great Glue for Veenering

    Review by James Scott
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    I got a gallon from Joe and glued some pretty amazing panels. I also played around with making plywood and it did pretty well. Fast delivery and the best customer service on the planet.


  48. Consistently Great Results

    Review by Randy Audette - Knotheads Woodshed
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    This is my "go to" glue for 95% of my veneering projects. I have been using this product for years and have never been disappointed. The only thing better than this glue is the customer service I get from Joe and Christine.


  49. Great Cold Press Veneer Glue

    Review by John Hall
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    I have used this veneer glue for several years and have come to rely on it. It has never failed me even. Easy to order and would highly recommend it.


  50. Better Bond Veneer Glues

    Review by Brad Hopke
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    Joe recommend this glue. I tried it and love it. Really cut down on any bleed through of glue. Fast dry time in my vacuum bag. I have bought all 3 colors and choose which one for the color of the veneer I am using. Great product.


  51. Great Glue!

    Review by Brad Dawson
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    I have been using this veneer glue for many years on all types of veneer including the oily tropical exotics and have never had a failure. Highly recommended!!


  52. Outstanding Glue and Incredible Customer Service

    Review by Dennis Bowden
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    This glue has been great for my furniture pieces. Most of my work during the last two years has been with walnut burl and elm burl. I use the medium and dark tones obviously and they bond perfect every time. I don't want to worry about mixing and I don't want to worry about bleed-through issues so I use a glue I can trust. This is it.

    A word or two about the level of customer service here. You won't find better customer service anywhere. The owner is a woodworker and a veneer user. So when you ask a question, you get a response from someone who knows what he is talking about. He helped solve a problem I was having with a restoration project. It was entirely my fault but Joe worked with me to figure that part out. He is very knowledgeable and willing to help.


  53. Review from Charlottesville,VA

    Review by Byron Robitaille
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    I use quite a bit of Better Bond glue. It goes on smooth and dries fast, and I have had no problems with it. Like some other reviewers I also use it for general woodworking with good results. Delivery is fast, packing is fine, and the glue matches its description. Everyone should use it.


  54. Review from Redmond, WA

    Review by Ted Baughman
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    I was willing to give a cold press glue a try in my new vacuum setup. In the past I had very good results using either Unibond 800 in my press or hot hide glue when hammering. It worked very well, and the application was easy. The joint cured hard, the bleed through was minimal and it sanded cleanly. What a great find!


  55. Review from Erie, Colorado

    Review by John Hall
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    Since using this glue I have not had a problem with my veneer glue ups. I just purchased my second quart.


  56. Review from Vermont

    Review by Mark L.
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    I am a novice working on my first restoration project involving veneer. Tons of help from the JoeWoodworker website which recommended this product. I must say the glue was easy to apply (I also bought the veneer roller) and worked great. When I placed my order Joe quickly sent a note saying he was out of stock but gave me a few options, cancel order, ship the other items and credit the cost of the glue or hold the order until the new stock arrived which I agreed to. A a couple days later it arrived and was promptly sent. The only negative comment I have is that the shipping and handling charge was somewhat high, and I don't think insurance on glue and roller was necessary, but there was no choice. Otherwise I was happy with the purchase.


  57. Review from Wapakoneta,Ohio

    Review by Max Neu
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    This is great glue! I am using this for all woodworking. I did some testing and it performs just as good as yellow glue on general woodworking applications. For me, it just makes sense to use this for veneer and solid lumber instead of having more product laying around when this will take care of everything and does it well.


  58. Review from Ontario, Canada

    Review by Joel Wesseling
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    This glue is the best. When I come across other veneer glues in stores, I try them out but always come back to Better Bond. Better color matching, gap filling, less bleed-through but when it does on some veneers it's invisible after first finish coat. Machines off at edges as if it is the wood itself.


  59. Review from San Francisco, CA

    Review by Catherine Herdlick
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    It really does produce a better bond! We've been using basic wood glue on our custom parquetry maps for the last year but recently tried this product out and loved it!

    It goes on smoother, is easier to clean, and doesn't bleed through. It's saved us so much time on repairs, it's worth every penny. We've used up that first bottle and ordered one in every color!

    Better Bond is now "industry standard" at Woodcut Maps!


  60. Really Nice Stuff

    Review by Joe K
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    Oh Boy! Really nice stuff. Very easy and I do mean easy to work with and the bond was superior to my first attempt. Yes... I used contact cement. I know... don't yell at me.. I knew better but it was the only stuff I had at the time.. that will teach me. I've already experienced all the issues Joe outlines here for contact cement. Clearly it's for laminate. The bond with this stuff is just great. I did my first vacuum pressing and WOW... it's just amazing. I would suggest the investment in some vacuum capabilities.. The bond is like nothing I've ever experienced and vacuum pressing just finishes to perfection all your efforts to get a nice veneer. I had great success with my starter pack. I was veneering like a pro on my first attempt.


  61. Excellent adhesion with overall outstanding results

    Review by Sheri P.
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    I bought 2 gallons - one for light veneers and one for dark. I've probably used a total of one gallon between the two and have had absolutely no problems. If you're going to do a lot of veneering buy the gallons and save.


  62. Great glue

    Review by Leo
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    I have been using Better Bond glues from Joe for over a year now and everything has held up perfectly with no separations. Also, I have not experienced bleed through as I have with other veneer adhesives that I used prior to Beter Bond. It is also very easy to work with and clean ups are a cinch.


  63. Using Better Bond

    Review by McKay
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    I have purchased from Joe many times and the product is always of top notch quality and is shipped in a timely way.The DIY vacuum press made it financially possible to do vacuum veneering. I just could not justify the more expensive vacuums and having used them, the press that I purchased from Joe is every bit as good.


  64. Superb adhesive for burl veneer

    Review by Taylor H.
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    Elm burl is my favorite veneer and I use it on almost every project. I like the way the elm looks with cherry and walnut solid wood frames. I exclusively use this Better Bond veneer glue for my projects and the results are always perfect. This adhesive is superior to the Titebond veneer glue in several ways. I've had plenty of problems with bubbling, shelf life, and glue consistency (thickness) with the Titebond veneer glue. The Better Bond glue is a superb adhesive. The shipping here is reasonable and the turnaround time is the best I've ever seen.


  65. A Very Strong Bond

    Review by Jill Sulzbach
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    I veneered a panel to use on a small fishing box for my husband with this veneer glue. Just like the product listing says, it did not bleed through, the bond is definitely strong and even the bottle feels heavy duty.


  66. Outstanding Results Very Easy To Use

    Review by Jared Gilmore
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    Excellent product! Highly recommended.

    I used it on some maple burl veneer and a piece of flakeboard. The results were perfect and the panel is now the focal point of the project. Do yourself a favor and order the gallon size. You'll be using this stuff more and more everyday when you see how good it works.


  67. Another Positive Review

    Review by Bobby Kommar
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    This is probably one of the better glues on the market. I used it for the veneer I bought here that went on a nice guitar. The results were excellent. The glue bonded very quickly and is hard as a rock. I'll be buying a few gallons very soon. A+


  68. Another Great Product from Joe

    Review by Nick Castlemier
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    Another great product from this website. I built my system around the instructions and tried out the glue for my first press. The results were very good. I also used the glue roller which really makes the whole process alot easier.


  69. Very Pleased!

    Review by Jaime McGrath
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    I wanted to note how excellent this glue is for non-veneer applications. I use it constantly for edge-to-edge solid wood panel glue-ups, where the color, consistency, and hardening qualities make it infinitely superior to yellow glue. With white oak it especially matches the tone of the wood, eliminating aggravating stain-resistant yellow glue gaps where the jointer or I went awry (it only takes 1/128" to catch the eye . . .). I also use it for dovetails and any other very important (highly visible) joinery in furniture. This glue is, in a word, superior.


  70. The Results Were Fantastic

    Review by Carol Johnston
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    I was given some old birds eye maple veneer from my niece and nephew. To thank them, I made them an inlaid table using the veneer. I used the yellow glue dry method (using an iron) and after a few weeks, the veneer bubbled. I found Joe's website and contacted him about the veneering failure. Since it was a small project, I bought the BetterBond glue and used a home made glue press. The results were fantastic. I guess this was a good learning experience for me. I had several questions, and Joe responded to each of them within a few hours. I am so HAPPY that I found this website. Thank you, Joe. This product is great! I'm even ready to try another veneering project


  71. This Glue Is Perfect

    Review by Dave Tinley
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    This glue is perfect for me. I do alot, I mean alot of work with white oak and quarter sawn white oak veneer. Till I discovered this glue I always had problems with bleed thru. Not with this glue, very minimal if any, only when I get too much on the substrate.


  72. An Exceptional Adhesive

    Review by Albert Omer
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    As others have said, this is an exceptional glue for veneering. The light and dark versions of this glue are also great. I use a lot of elm burl veneer in my projects so the medium color glue is absolutely perfect. There are other adhesive choices that require mixing and special application equipment but I cant imagine why anyone uses them since this glue works so well. It dries quick and doesnt require more than an hour of pressing. I've been using it since 2004 and have always had perfect pressings.


  73. Nothing Better Than Better Bond

    Review by Charles Fegan
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    I'm fairly well convinced that there is no better veneer glue than Better Bond. I just ordered my 4th gallon from Joe and thought this was a great time to let others know about it. There's not much to write about because the glue is exactly as decribed. It has a bite like no other. I couldnt peel the veneer off my plywood panel with any tool in my arsenal. Drying time is very reasonable. I've even taken "speed" projects out of the bag in 30 minutes and had great results. At 20-something per gallon, you'll learn quickly that this glue offers a great value. A gallon covers way more veneer than I thought. Shipping was fine (price and time) and as everyone says, the customer service here is impeccable.


  74. The Glue Arrived Well Packed

    Review by Miles U.
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    My glue arrived well packed and appears very fresh. The whole order arrived within 36 hours! I wish I had found this website much sooner. The supplies, press parts and the instructions are top notch!


  75. Completely Satisfied

    Review by Herbert Stansbury
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    I've been using other cold press glues for nearly a decade and always had a love-hate relationship with them because the panels were consistently inconsistent. One day, the veneers would work great and other days they would bubble up. However this cold press glue (betterbond) is a much better than the others. So far, the glue hasnt given me a bad board. We also use Joe's glue roller which is worth its weight in gold if you ask me.
    Get a gallon and the roller and you'll have no problems at all. I'm 100% satisfied and I dont worry about my veneer jobs anymore.


  76. This One Is A Winner

    Review by Tim Rumbinas
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    First, let me state that I am a fan of urea formaldehyde glues. I've done veneer work in the past with "yellow" or PVA glues, and had the following problems: 1. Short open time 2. Too much moisture imparted to the workpiece 3. bleed through and staining of porous woods. That being said, it's often tedious to mix powdered UF glue for a single panel.

    I suspect that Better Bond is an extended PVA glue -- it reacts in the pot much the same, looks and spreads the same. However, its working qualities and convenience have converted me. On six test panels in European beech, it gave a sweet glue line with no staining or adverse reactions whatever.

    It is wetter than I am accustomed to -- one has to keep moving fairly rapidly and get the piece into the press without delay, or curling can become an issue. This is clearly stated on the label, however, so it was no surprise.

    I will likely stick with UF glue for bent work and for pieces where long open time is an issue. But for convenience, low cost, and pleasant handling characteristics on flat work, this one appears to be a winner.


  77. It Never Bleeds Through

    Review by Tim Ruben
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    I've used 3 gallons so far and every panel (all 50+ of them) has been perfect. This is much better than the other veneer glue I had been using for many years. I dont know what the difference is in the chemical make-up of the Betterbond adhesive, but it works very well and never bleeds through.


  78. I Give It Five Stars

    Review by Joann Trumel
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    I just placed an order for a case of the Betterbond veneer glue since I used up the last gallon I had on a big project that I did with my husband. We are both extremely happy with the glue we found here. The gallon size is a great value and so far, we havent had a board come out that was anything less than perfect. I give it 5 stars!


  79. This Stuff Is Superb

    Review by James Kalmore
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    So good bye to those crappy veneer glues you get from most mail order companies. This stuff is superb. I made the mistake of trying several different glues and fouled up with each of them. I used Joe's Betterbond glue and the glue roller that he has here. With these two products together, I have done a great job on every project.

    Another important point that should be brought up. Joe's website receives a ton of website traffic (I'm sure of it). That kind of bandwidth is expensive. You support the website and lengthen its stay on the web by buying items from the website. Its a great way to repay Joe for his hard work but its even better that you are supporting it in a way that permits more and more woodworkers to get involved in veneering.

    And if you have questions... Joe is the man! He answered atleast a dozen questions for me and then added the answers to the website for everyone to learn from. How sweet is that?

    Well.. its back to the shop to stare at my vacuum press. I love it!


  80. Nice And Thick Viscousity

    Review by Gordon Mackie
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    Some of my best veneer projects came out flawlessly with this glue. It dries quickly and has a nice and thick viscousity. I'm finishing up my 3 gallon of the veneer glue and will be buying at least 2 more gallons very soon.

    I've tried every glue on the market for veneering and this is the easiest and most fool proof glue there is. If I can make a good panel, anyone can!


  81. Great Stuff

    Review by Carl H.
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    Great stuff. Always a good a panel and the price is great (compared to the $33 the some places sell this stuff for).


  82. This Glue Dries Fast

    Review by Bryan Komar
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    Much better than the Franklin cold press glue! Thicker, stronger, and dries faster.
    Excellent product and much cheaper than Franklin too.


  83. Excellent Results

    Review by Julie Acingger
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    My husband and I built two wonderfully veneered cedar chests with this glue and had excellent results. We will be buying more soon!


  84. This Veneer Glue Is Much Better

    Review by Robert Gilman
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    Worked perfectly. This veneer glue is much better than the Titebond veneer glue.


  85. They Turned Out Perfect

    Review by Frank Jenna
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    Last night we did a test run on a few panels with some of the cold press glue and they turned out perfect. We opted for the cold press glue over the unibond glue because this glue sets up in an hour. (The unibond takes about 6 hours if I remember correctly.)

    I have had the chance to try the Franklin veneer glue and I didnt really care for it. I found it to bleed through the veneer too much. This glue doesnt do that at all. We applied the glue with the spreader that Joe sells.

    Overall, I am very happy with this glue and I think most woodworkers will feel the same way.



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