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Posted on $#)(*#!!!! Txxxbxxd hide "glue" re-glue strength?

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#1 posted 09-29-2020 06:54 PM

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.

- Rich

As you said, the problem is the glue. Yes, I switched to Titebond’s regular glue partway through making this desk after the previous one arrived – across the country – with a panel that came apart at the edge joint.

And while I now feel like I know what I’m doing within my narrow comfort zone, I absolutely am a beginning woodworker – about three years’ experience. These composer’s desks are a side-side-side business, but I’ve been fortunate to have three orders in a row during the pandemic.

(Actually, I’ve been even more fortunate to have landed a new job in my actual field. Not many people like their jobs, fewer get hired in the middle of an economic crisis, and even fewer 64-year-olds can say any of that at any time!)

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