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Hide Glue #3: A Hide Glue Repair

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Blog entry by David posted 1953 days ago 5969 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Repairing an Old Drawer with Animal Hide Glue

Last night I was startled awake from a woodworking daydream by a loud crashing sound from our home office. The side and bottom fell out of drawer of our antique oak desk when Beth was trying to get a box of staples from the rear of the long drawer. Sounds like a repair brewing! Well this desk is an older “antique” oak English library desk. Beth and I bought it 25 years ago from Square Nail Antiques in Santa Cruz, California. It is a great desk, but honestly it is nothing super special . . . just a good sturdy desk that has served us well.

Now there are many ways to approach this repair. Given my interest in “blended methods”, I chose a traditional method using animal hide glue. It was very interesting to examine the (machine cut) dovetails, drawer bottom groove and the 3-ply drawer bottom. To get things going, I gently scraped away the old glue and brittle shellac from the dovetails and drawer side.

I was met by a surprise when I retrieved my hide glue jar from the refrigerator. A small patch of mold had begun to grow along one edge of the glue. Serves me right! It had been awhile since I had fired up the glue pot.

I quickly mixed up a fresh batch and got to work repairing the drawer.

In no time at all the drawer was in the clamps and I had a fresh batch of hide glue for up coming projects.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com



11 comments so far

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 1953 days ago

Oh, there you are! Wondered where you been.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 1953 days ago

I love the font!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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David

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#3 posted 1953 days ago

Hey Todd -

Thanks for the comments! I have been busy in the shop but can’t share what I’m up to quite yet . . .

How are things in Montana?

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Karson

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#4 posted 1953 days ago

Great blog David. But I would have expected a few more steps. Using the brush to put the glue in the joints etc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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David

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#5 posted 1953 days ago

Karson -

That made me smile a bit as that was my intention. Things got going a bit more quickly than anticipated and moving a camera around suddenly went to the bottom of the list!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 1952 days ago

Hi David;

Funny how that happens with hot hide glue, huh?

It kind of dictates the pace.

Good to see you posting.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 1952 days ago

I watched your slideshow a couple more times today. Did you just use the iMovie program for that?

I am interested because you know that I have a lot of photos of past projects but no movie footage. I think that a live narration mixed with still shots would be a way to keep it interesting.

I think that I have a lot of good information to get out concerning the challenges of these projects.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1951 days ago

Hey you going to Hop on Southwest tomorrow and Join us at the Sacramento Woodworking show on Saturday? : ^)

Thanks for the nice blog post. Looking forward to seeing what you have under wraps.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 1951 days ago

Sorry to say it – No.

I would LOVE to hook up with you guys, but I don’t see that happening this time around.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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David

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#10 posted 1951 days ago

Lee -

Hide glue does have its own pace! I am finding it to be a very useful addition to the shop.

Todd -

I used iPhoto and iMovie. We could touch base on Skype next week if you have some spare time and I can walk you thru the process.

Wayne -

Always good to hear from you. I wish I could hop a jet and attend the Sacramento Woodworking Show! It would be fun to finally meet and collectively drool over some cool tools.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 1951 days ago

I would love to talk to you. I am close to finishing a project and I might do something with video again.

I wasn’t sure if the question was directed toward you or me since I had an invite from one of the LJ members earlier.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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