Woodturner and artisan, Mark Damron, explains how he uses CA (cyanoacrylate) glue to repair cracks, inclusions, voids, and knots during the turning process. CA glue is marketed under a variety of names including Krazy Glue and Super Glue. But don’t let this common household status convince you this glue isn’t for serious work. It is.

Mark explains how and when he turns to super-fast drying CA glue to solve problems before they become disasters. He uses CA to stabilize knots and loose bark and natural edges on his work. Mark specializes in lathe turning large and difficult pieces with lots of figure, exactly the kind of wood challenge that demands the use of CA. Mark’s technique includes the use of a CA aerosol spray accelerator, which minimizes drying time and down-time. (2 Minute Video)

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Keith, Just wanted to let you know that I’m enjoying your instructional and profile videos. The production is top quality and of course the subject matter is also very interesting.

Keep up the great work! –Mark (thecraftsmanspath.com)

Rex Bostrom

Thank You very much for the informative and inspiring videos. Your style of including the creative process and not just mechanical technique is excellent. Keep up the great work.


CA glue can be effectively used as a sealer and stabilizer on damaged or punky wood. We all use different things to spread glue. I have used a piece of paper or a manila envelope because of the smooth texture. However, the glue usually runs over everything, including my fingers. The other problem with this is that the cellulose in wood and paper products is one of those things that seems to hasten the curing of CA glue.


As a legally blind semi-begginer woodturner, I find these short videos very helpful. (Since I can’t) read without a cctv, my computer with Xoomtech works well for me.

Pam R.

Would you use CA glue to strengthen the tips of carved wooden feathers? Do you need to dilute to brush on the tips? Thanks for any help you can give me. I’m rather new at carving.