I have a finished wooden walking stick. I'd like to mount a few polished gemstones to it. What is the best product to use for mounting stones to wood surface?

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Epoxy resin

I love the stuff for the same reason John Vukelic's answer does so I would recommend it here as well. Even some of the cheap 2 parts should work perfectly fine for this. It is very good at bonding different material even when the surfaces are not perfectly mated.

The two parts about Gorilla Glue that need to be cautioned here is that it has expansive properties and is (as far as my experience with it goes) not a clear product once cured. These can both be mitigated with proper clamping and proper application.

Prep your surfaces

There are infinite ways I imagine that you could place your rocks so it would be hard to cover all angles of advice here but there are a couple of things I want you to look out for.

  1. Try and mate the surface of the stones and wood as best you can. Glues will fill the gaps but if you can keep the spaces as small as possible you can help prevent air and moisture pockets which could lead to complications in the future. Again... not a huge risk but worth putting in the time.

  2. Avoid crevasses where moisture will sit. Follow up from the last point be sure there is few places for water to sit or seep in. Depending on where your stick gets used and lives you don't want moisture build up to weaken the wood underneath. The wood is going to fail before the glue does.


E6000 glue ( comes in small tubes and large tubes) Gorilla glue takes a long time to set and it spreads beyond the area; use very little and don't cover the whole area you want to adhere. E6000 works better; you don't have to worry about the excessive spreading of Gorilla glue.

  • E6000 works better. What is e6000 exactly? We want as much information in answers as possible so users don't have to go elsewhere. Can you expand on what that is? More how E6000 would be good to use in this case and not just how it is superior to GG perhaps?
    – Matt
    Feb 6, 2017 at 13:30

I like the Gorilla Glue(tm) product line. The reason I like Glorilla Glue is its ability to bind dissimilar materials. For me that meant I was able to fix my eye glasses when the frame broke.


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    Gorilla is the trade name for a line of glues which includes polyurethane (the original Gorilla glue), cyanoacrylate(super glue), and two part epoxy. As written, this is not much of an answer -1.
    – Ast Pace
    Jan 2, 2017 at 6:21

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