Lid for the glue pot - and my go on hide glue

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Lid for the glue pot
and my go on hide glue

Just a simple lid for my glue pots, perhaps a teaser to get started on hide glue.

This post is from the Glue pot finally getting hot in Copenhagen blog:

Conclusion from the blog:
There are no reason not to get started on this, as long as you buy the glue granulate it is as easy as to make oatmeal, even easier since you will not need salt…
You can use two cans as double boiler so no need for fancy gear and you can warm it on your stove.
It’s easy to remove the glue so cleaning up after the glue up is a walk in the park.
It’s sexy! (Like in woodworker sexy).
You get a feel of the good old days.
Ok, it’s not as easy as picking up the glue bottle, you will not have the same guarantee for the strength (DIN norm), you need prep time, to clean after you and to remember to turn of the stove.
For me it will be a thing for special projects, restore and be used as a supplement to the glue bottle.
It is like using a hand plane instead of a sander, they can both do the job, no one will probably ever notice the difference but it will make you a happier man and that is reason enough for me.

1. The lid on my small pot.
2. Cut on the band saw.
3. Quick rabbet on the table saw.
4. We got a lid.
5. Stain it for the joy.
6. The hide glue set up in my shop.

It’s all about this!

Thank you: Flemming, Gunnar and Poul for helping me take the journey into this hide glue adventure.

Hope it can be an inspiration, perhaps even some old school gluing.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 05:50 PM

I started using hide glue and was lucky enough(wish list) to get a really small crock pot from my wife for Xmas and I use it as a hot water bath for my glue. I simply refused to spend $150.00 on an official glue pot. The crock pot from amazon is $15.00 and has 3 heat levels that keep the glue at the right temp. I use small plastic containers for the glue and mix in small amounts. Saves me money and gets the job done. I like your little cast iron pot, however, it’s has a lot of aesthetic appeal, crock pot not so much.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 07:00 PM

Mads you’ve reminded me of walking into my High School woodwork classes back in the 50’s & that wonderful smell that set this room apart, nice job on the lid. I have seem the odd double pot around the second hand shops, boy they go for any old money these days

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 07:06 PM

Very Old-School of you Mads. The restoration expert who goes to work on your stuff 150 years hence, will appreciate it.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 10:14 PM

Loud Applause ......... Good for you Mads!

You will be surprised how “the odd special project” will morph into almost every glue-up you do. This stuff comes from living things, just like wood does and just like wood it has a soul and will seduce you. Before you know it your pva bottle will be languishing under a thick layer of dust in a corner somewhere and your shop will smell like a stew is in the pot (sort of). ....... but I ramble …..

Congrats on your new friendship with HHG.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 10:52 AM

Nice lid, Mads. The hole for the thermometer is a well thought out detail. You make using the HHG sound so easy. I would probably be distracted by some shiny thing (or figured piece of wood) and burn the glue. So, for now, I’ll just watch your escapades and marvel. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-12-2016 12:36 PM

As Peteg mentioned, I too remember the smell of wood shop in high school. The basic difference was that your pot is clean and smaller. The wood shop’s pot had 300 years of drips around the lid and down the sides. Thanks for memories and old school.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 02-12-2016 01:55 PM

Nice solution. I’m a fairly recent convert myself, but now I’m hooked.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 04:47 PM

Very nice lid for your new old glue pot. I am wondering how the cost of hide glue will be affected if this lab grown meat thing every becomes mainstream. Glad I’m too old to have to worry about it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 06:16 PM

Hi there,
Yes a small wood project, a lid for a pot I mean, but the story why is what makes this interesting. ;-?

Shipwright, I have been looking forward to letting you know I finally made it. I was sending you many good thoughts as I found my way and thought ‘what would Paul do here’. Now I feel even it could be interesting to do some inlay or what ever, just so I can get to play with the glue. Thanks for inspiration and advice.
Stefang, smiles yes perhaps it will be close to impossible to get hide glue pre fab in the future, but the we will make our own, we will not be that easy to stop. (Even if we have to steal a animal in the zoo, laugh).
Rogerbean, easy to get hooked or glued on this. ;-)
DonB, I am to young, we had white glue in my school, but do remember seeing a old pot with years of use in a work shop as a child and yes 47 before meeting the smell for real.
Cfrye, smiles, yes it do take some more rhythm than a white glue, but the smell and the feel are worth it, kind of like comparing white sugar and honey.
MarkW, yes perhaps some day a person will say appreciate it, for now I just smile my self.
Pete, I am to young, we had white glue in my school, but do remember seeing a old pot with years of use in a work shop as a child and yes 47 before meeting the smell for real. And yes loving it. ;-)
oltexasboy1, I agre it’s completely crazy the price for the modern glue pots, so any trick will be good, sounds like a wonderful idea you got there. I have to admit that yes to me it is also esthetics, I am a sucker for that old beauty, it makes me happy to walk into the shop and look at my wall with all the old tools and the cast iron pot just fit in like it was always there.

Thank you all.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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