A client uses sodium and potassium stearates to build body and viscosity in a polymer dispersion intended as an adhesive. The stearates adversely affect shear strength after the dispersion cures. Non-stearate thickeners, or different stearates, are needed. By varying the nature of the fillers and thickeners, and possibly by varying their loading, post-cure compression shear strength of 2000-2500 pounds must be achieved. Lesser strengths may also be of interest. The viscosity thickeners must bond wood and similar porous substrates, as well as nonporous surfaces. The adhesive must be applied smoothly, as though poured.