I have been getting some RTA dowelled drawer boxes with water activated glue on the dowels. I'm not real familiar or comfortable with the water activated glue, so I've been using Titebond to glue them up just to be safe. Is the water activated glue alone as strong? How much water and how do you apply it?
From contributor W:
I would use caution in one regard. When using two different glues in one joint, there is a risk that you will not get a bond between the two glues (the Titebond and the dry glue on the dowels). It has always been my belief that putting glue in a joint with old dry glue doesn't give a good bond even if it's the same glue, so to me it stands to reason that the two glues you have in your RTA joint may react the same way. As for the water activated glue on the dowels, I have never used them, so I can't comment on that.