Wood Wise Words from the World of Wood

Adhesive: A substance capable of holding materials together by surface attachment. It is a general term and includes cements, mucilage, and paste, as well as glue.

Cold?Setting Adhesive: An adhesive that sets at temperatures below 20 °C (68 °F).

Hot?Setting Adhesive: An adhesive that requires a temperature at or above 100 °C (212 °F) for it to set.

Room?Temperature-Curing Adhesive: An adhesive that sets in the temperature range of 20 to 30 °C (68 to 86 °F), in accordance with the limits for Standard Room Temperature specified in the Standard Methods of Conditioning Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials for Testing (ASTM D 618).

For more on adhesives used with wood check out our 2010 Wood Handbook— Wood as an Engineering Material.