Tool Test: Get the Advantages of Hide Glue Without the Glue Pot

By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 26

From the August 2005 issue #149
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Traditional hide glue has many advantages for woodworking. It’s reversible – a little heat and water allow you to disassemble a joint. And the glue can be tweaked (by adding urea) to have a longer open time.

But most hide glues require that you mix them yourself, keep them heated in a glue pot (carefully watching the temperature and for mold growth) and they have an odor that puts off some people.

In response, furniture maker and conservator W. Patrick Edwards developed Old Brown Glue, which has all the advantages of traditional hide glues and none of the disadvantages. Old Brown Glue comes premixed, is liquid at room temperature and has almost no odor (it’s as mild smelling as your yellow glue, really). And after using a couple bottles, I am really sold on this glue as an excellent adhesive for assembling furniture and chairs.

From the August 2005 issue #149
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