Don’t Overlook Liquid Hide Glue
Bottled version is strong and easy to use
Synopsis: It’s been around since ancient Egypt, and for most of that time, working with hide glue meant mixing it yourself and heating it all day to keep it liquified. But since the 1930s, we’ve had the option of using bottled hide glue that stays liquid at room temperature. Liquid hide glue offers several other advantages for beginner and veteran alike, helping to reduce the stress of assembly and finishing while matching more modern glues for strength.
Like an Indiana Jones adventure, the recorded history of hide glue begins in an ancient tomb. Deep inside Egypt’s Valley of the Kings burial complex, archaeologists early last century unearthed wall art depicting tradesmen cooking the glue and using it to apply veneer. This, along with furniture found inside the funeral chambers, confirms that hide glue has been in use for thousands of years.
For most of that time, working…