How to glue metal to wood: The best adhesives for the best job

Let’s take the mystery out of how to glue metal to wood. Read below to find out how to select and apply the right adhesive for the situation. Make every job a success.

How to glue wood to metal with construction adhesive

What glue you use to adhere metal to wood will be determined by many factors that vary with each job. What works for a minor repair will not be acceptable for a larger project. For a good overview, let’s look at several different adhesives and their applications.

First, let’s cover construction adhesive. You will want a high-quality construction adhesive for construction projects, house framing, repairing stone masonry, and the like. These weather and moisture-resistant adhesives will remain durable in almost any situation. Most construction adhesives will bond a wide variety of common materials such as wood, metal, brick, stone, and drywall. So, if your project includes gluing wood to metal, this is a great choice.

Many specialized construction adhesives are available for different materials and phases of a project, such as drywall adhesive for attaching drywall to wood or metal studs. Paneling adhesive serves the same purpose but is formulated for wood paneling. Some construction adhesives are specifically designed for flooring and roofing, including metal roofing materials. Take your time and choose the best fit.

How to glue metal to wood with super glue

For smaller projects and repairs, super glue can work wonders. There are many varieties, however, so check the label. For gluing wood to metal, you will want a super glue that will adhere to porous as well as non-porous materials. Also, look for a precision application nozzle to prevent drips.

Special adhesives are required to permanently bond metal to wood – such as a metal hinge on a wooden cabinet

Other ways to glue metal to wood

What is the best way to glue metal to wood when large gaps need to be filled or if the area will be drilled once cured? The answer is epoxy. Epoxies usually consist of two parts, a resin and a hardener. Once mixed, the parts begin to set. The advantage is that the resulting material is very hard and durable and will span large gaps.

There are many varieties of epoxy, so be sure to read the label to find the one most suitable for your project. For example, try marine epoxy if the item will be repeatedly subjected to water or exposed to salt water.

When working with metal and wood, LePage has the right adhesives – for projects large and small

What is the best adhesive for metal to wood?

As mentioned above, the best glue to attach metal to wood will depend on the situation. Here is a list of our favourite products for each category.

  • For a premium construction adhesive, try LePage PL Premium Max. It is one of the strongest adhesives you will find. It can be applied in dry or wet conditions from -12°C to 49°C. Perfect for framing, flooring, stairs, and decks!
  • LePage Super Glue Liquid Pro is an ideal adhesive for gluing wood to metal. It bonds to porous and non-porous surfaces, dries crystal clear in 15–30 seconds, and offers a long, pinpoint nozzle for easy application.
  • When the super strength of epoxy is needed, reach for LePage Speed Set Epoxy. This comes with a dual syringe for accurate mixing and produces a rigid, durable bond that sets in just 5 minutes and reaches full strength in 24 hours. It bonds wood, metal, ceramic, glass, and most plastics. Great for gap-filling and surface repairs, as well.