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How to Glue Wood to Rocks

Heather Montgomery

Outdoor, woodworking and home decor projects sometimes require gluing wood to rock. Creating a strong bond between the surfaces is essential to the look and functionality of the finished project. A two-part epoxy is a fine tool to accomplish this task.

Look for an epoxy that will stand up to the elements your project will be put in, such as a waterproof epoxy for outdoor projects or a heavy-duty epoxy for heavier ones.

  1. Clean the rock of any dirt or debris using a rag soaked with rubbing alcohol. Allow the alcohol to evaporate.

  2. Roughen the rock surface where you will be attaching the wood with sandpaper. This provides a stronger bond.

  3. Mix the two-part epoxy according to the manufacturer's directions.

  4. Apply the epoxy to the rock using a Popsicle stick or scrap piece of wood. Place the wood onto the rock.

  5. Hold the wood in place with a clamp. If the piece is too large for a clamp, use a strip of duct tape. Allow the epoxy to set.

  6. Warning

    Mix and apply the epoxy in an area with proper ventilation.