man gluing broken wooden potting shelf
Illustration: Edwin Fotheringham
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Broken Potting-Bench Shelf

Glue to use: Water-resistant PVA. This glue is similar to other yellow PVAs but it repels water, so it works well for light outdoor repairs. In most cases it's so effective that the wood around the glue will rot or crack before the glue fails.

How-to tips: Apply a heavy bead to one side, then clamp for 30 minutes. Leave the joint alone for 24 hours while the glue cures.

One to try: Titebond III Ultimate, about $7 for 8 ounces;
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