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The Role of Adhesives in Furniture Manufacturing


The furniture manufacturing industry is a space that relies heavily on adhesives. Even the most simple creations will utilize a variety of different glues with unique characteristics that work to achieve a specific goal.

However, acquiring an adhesive that meets these demands is often easier said than done. In this blog, we’re going to be discussing the role that various adhesives play in furniture manufacturing, and the best options for you.

Understanding Adhesives In Furniture Manufacturing

As we all know, having the right adhesive is essential to finding success in any application, especially furniture manufacturing.

There is nothing worse than the glue you’re using to finish an expensive, custom piece that just isn’t cutting it. Holding up clients, and significantly impacting your operations.

Understanding what the right adhesive is for your application, and why, is essential to streamlined operations.

Types of Adhesives in Furniture Manufacturing

There are several types of adhesives used in furniture manufacturing, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The different needs demand different adhesives with unique characteristics that fit the application, the glue types are as follows:

 PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate)

PVA is the most common type of glue used in furniture manufacturing. It has a good bond strength, dries clear, and is easy to clean up. PVA glue comes in different forms such as white, yellow, or waterproof. They are best used for solid wood joints and can also be used with veneer.

It is a highly standardized product that can be found in high-quality varieties at hardware stores.

Urea-formaldehyde (UF)

UF glue is a synthetic resin adhesive that has higher water resistance than PVA. It is commonly used in the production of plywood and particleboard, as well as for laminating veneers to wood substrates.

Although this adhesive achieves its goal brilliantly, the health risks associated with it are too great to ignore.

Epoxy resins

Epoxy resins are a two-part adhesive that creates a strong, waterproof bond. It is often used in furniture manufacturing for its ability to bond different materials together and fill gaps in joints.

It is becoming a popular choice in furniture manufacturing due to its aesthetic properties. Quality epoxy resin products can be found in hardware stores.

Hot melt adhesives

Hot melt adhesives are a common adhesive, used to hold substrates together while hardware fasteners are applied. However, finding an affordable, high-quality hot melt adhesive is difficult. Especially one that meets all the required applications desired well.

The ASA-8151 hot melt adhesive is a great example of a glue stick that is perfectly suited for woodworking. This adhesive performs extremely well on a wide variety of furniture manufacturing applications, from DIY to production line work.

The application is easy, and clean-up even better. Suitable for a DIYer of any experience, with the added bonus of being paintable, and waterproof.

It has strong bonding strength, sets quickly, and preserves in a short period of time. Allowing you to work faster, and with more confidence.

Another great hot melt adhesive example is the ASA-3862 edgebanding glue. This Multi-purpose adhesive is designed to be the perfect companion for edge banding equipment. As it bonds well with PVC, melamine, ABS, acrylic, and wood veneer, with excellent wetting and flow characteristics that eliminates glue lines.

By choosing the right adhesive, you’re ensuring your furniture manufacturing experience is seamless, and efficient – as well as guaranteeing your products are always high-quality.


Adhesive is quite literally the glue of your furniture manufacturing products, without it, you’ll fall apart. By taking the time to select the right adhesive for your needs, you can reduce your operational delays, improve your product quality and ensure you’re delivering the highest-quality product you can, that is guaranteed to stand the test of time.

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