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Cracked Drawer

Glue to use: Yellow polyvinyl acetate (PVA). A step up in strength from white craft glue (another PVA), this water-based adhesive creates a strong wood-to-wood bond.

How-to tips: Glue both surfaces and clamp them together for at least 30 minutes; reaches full strength in 24 hours. If the seam oozes, wipe immediately with a damp cloth.

One to try: Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue, about $4 for 8 ounces; elmers.com
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