Understanding Hide Glue
An 18th-century furniture historian offers a primer on preparing and using this age-old adhesive
Colonial Williamsburg historian Edward Wright details the process of preparing and using hide glue in this video filmed in the historic cabinet shop at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum where cabinet makers employ historic tools and techniques to build furniture in the 18th-century style. Wright discusses the working properties of hide glue and explains how it is used for joinery, veneering, and other furniture making tasks. From solid sheets to a viscous liquid, the varying consistency levels of hide glue make it the perfect binding agent for a variety of woodworking construction techniques.