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Q.If a joint assembled with yellow carpenter’s glue freezes before it cures, will the joint lose its strength?

A.Absolutely. The minimum application temperature for PVA glues, including yellow glue, is 50°F. While the glue itself can endure several freeze-thaw cycles, a joint with frozen glue will not develop a bond that’s as strong as that in warmer temperatures. The glue will "chalk" at temperatures between 30°F and 40°F.

Try it for yourself — glue some wood together and stick it in a freezer. The next day, you should be able to pull the joint apart by hand.

— J.J.