I am interested in hide glue for a number of reasons. The first of which is the “romance” of using a traditional method that has its foundations as far back as Ancient Egypt and the cabinet shops of Colonial America. I also appreciate the pace of using hide glue . . . slow while getting set-up and quick when applying the glue. I also like the reversibility of hide glue and the fact that it accepts stain and finish without leaving telltale glue marks like that pesky spot of PVA ...
Additional Hide Glue Links Make Your Own Hide Glue Brush! A Hide Glue Primer 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 ...
When I posted “Arnie’s Tea Box” http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making the box. First was to come up with a jig to make the corners perfect every time quickly. Here is what I came up with. Disclaimer: I’m not a jig person so my jigs are usually utilitarian and often “throw away”. This phot...
There are lots of myths around hide glue like it isn’t very strong, won’t last as long as modern glues,smells really bad, won’t keep long once hydrated, is really messy and hard to work with and that getting it wet will ruin it. There are more but I’ll start with these and you can question me about any others you may be worrying about. 1) Not very strong. In fact even the weaker hot animal glues are stronger than most modern glues and ultimately who cares because...
I have been gearing up for a particular project. In preparation I have been doing a bit of research on using hide glue. For the purist, it is best to use a glue brush without a metal ferrule. The reasoning behind this is the metal ferrule can potentially cause a black stain. There are brushes available for hide glue but there are rather expensive. For the time being, I am spending shop funds on materials and tools. The focus of this blog is to show an inexpensive alternative to an expensiv...
Bottom MoldingI cut a long piece of the African mahogany 3” wide. I original use ¾” but didn’t like the way it looked so I planed it down to 5/8”. I ran it through my router table using a Freud Roman Ogee router bit # 38362. I first cut the front piece. I used the same angles that I used on the main case. After cutting the side angles, the pieces didn’t fit based on the angles I cut them. When I glued the sides of the main case together the angles came out different from wha...
I’m working on a new top for the sliding hatch on my sailboat to replace the $136 piece of medium bronze acrylic that I sat on the other day…. Crack !!!.... This time I cold molded a curved panel from 3 pieces of 1/8” cedar on opposing diagonals and decided to make it appear to be a solid mahogany hatch. This would be difficult to press with either my screw press or clamps and would require substantial jigging to vacuum bag so the obvious answer seemed to be to hammer it. Of...
I really like those 3 videos Christopher Schwartz came to do at the workshop a while ago. They are pretty good in my opinion let me know what you think! Hide (& Animal Protein) Glues: Background, Selection and How to Prepare Hammer Veneering: How To Apply Decorative Veneers Using Only Hand Tools If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask, we may do complementary video even if time is scarce.
Patricks's Blog #1: Recreating a process - Videos - Hand tools, veneer, picking machine and chevalet
Couple years ago Patrick Edwards from Antique Refinishers and the American School of French Marquetry whom I work with, was featured in 2 videos published by Graham Blackburn and bought by Popular woodworking. They have been kind enough to grant us access to those 2 videos. Here is what Patrick posted on his blog: Graham Blackburn VideosI remember when MTV first appeared and for the first time we could watch music videos on our TV. Then YouTube was developed and we could watch videos o...
I just got Friendship back in the water for the summer last week and when I was getting her rigged at the dock someone ( OK me) sat on the acrylic top of the sliding hatch. This has been a weak point for seven years since I initially built her and it amazes me that it has taken this long to break it. Cutting to the chase, the replacement acrylic was going to cost $136 and wouldn’t be any stronger than it was before. I’ve never liked the plastic thing but it did give me a little mo...
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