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#1 posted 09-29-2020 04:32 AM

You’re clearly struggling with hide glue. I think much of the problem is that you chose an inferior product to work with. Titebond makes outstanding adhesives, but I would never recommend their hide glue.

Re-glue it with Titebond I, II or III and move on. Sometime when you have the opportunity, experiment with hide glue. If you want to use liquid, go with Old Brown Glue. Or my favorite liquid protein glue—fish glue.

Hide glue, hot or liquid, is not for beginners. I’m not suggesting you’re a beginner woodworker. Your work that you’ve posted is excellent. However, it’s a very bad move to use any technique you haven’t proven yourself expert in when building a project you intend to deliver.

Hide glue—or protein glue in general—is an excellent adhesive that’s been around for centuries. It’s the best glue for many situations and offers advantages that no other glue can match. Learning to use it successfully will greatly enhance your options for adhesives. Just don’t use it—or anything—you haven’t worked with before. That will always come back to bite you.

Another issue with protein glues is that they have a shelf life once mixed. There are tests you can do to check if it’s still viable. Learn them and use them. I’ve had liquid hide glue go south sitting in the fridge. It wouldn’t have glued anything well enough to even defy gravity. Hide glue in its dry form has an indefinite shelf life.

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