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Glue Properties Chart

PROPERTIES Hide Glue (hot) White/Yellow Glue Epoxy Cyanoacrylate (CA) Glue
Heat Resistance high  low  low to medium  high
Gap Filling  no  no  best  good
 Water Cleanup  best  good  no  no
 Affect on Finish  no  no  sticks  eats
 Tendency to Creep  no  yes  varies  no
 Runs into Cracks  good  poor  worst  best
 USES Hide Glue (hot)  White/Yellow Glue   Epoxy Cyanoacrylate (CA) Glue 
 Fingerboard  best  OK  OK*  OK*
 Bridge  best  good  OK*  OK*
 Top Braces  best  good  OK*  OK*
 Back Braces  good  best  OK*  OK*
 Dovetail  good  good  NO**  NO**
 Crack Repair  best  good  for open gaps only  very tight cracks
 Deep Finish Fill  no  no  good  good
 Headstock Crack  good  no  OK  good
Inlay no no good best

 * The solvents in cyanoacrylate and those needed to clean up cyanoacrylate and epoxy are destructive to traditional lacquer, varnish and shellac finishes, making these glues poor choices for many applications. Most epoxy loses strength at the temperatures reached in hot parked cars, so it may not be the best choice for highly stressed applications around the bridge and neck. 

** These glues make it impossible to disassemble dovetail neck joints!

Chart courtesy of Frank Ford of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California (