Hide glue

Gummy Bear Glue

Hide glue is one of those simple and natural products that is intertwined with our lives in many ways, much like shellac is. The core ingredient in hide glue will gross out your children: it’s the cartilage, connective tissue and bones of cattle or other animals. When cooked down, the resulting...

Reverse Hide Glue’s Bond

Whenever I talk about glue to clubs and classes, I hand around a bottle of liquid hide glue and ask them to tell me what its disadvantages are. “It’s weak.” Actually no, it produces a bond stronger than the wood itself. “It stinks.” Hide glue smells only as bad as a...

Video: Glue up a Panel

Many beginners make gluing up panels a lot harder than it should be. They add biscuits or splines for alignment, which can also cause some mis-alignment if you aren’t careful with your machines or match planes. They also purchase or build curious jigs for keeping the panel joints aligned as they...