Gotta love hot hide glue, a small shop mishap

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10-15-2014 12:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hot hide glue

I had a little glue spill today …... on my workbench top. Back in my epoxy days this would have been a major catastrophe if it had been mixed up and worse if it wasn’t, and expensive too. Even with pva glue it would have been a messy cleanup with an unlikely material recovery prognosis.

...but with HHG, I just waited for it to cool and gel, then scraped it up off the bench with a cabinet scraper (without scraping the bench itself) and put it back in the pot. Any stray wood chips will float to the top and can easily be removed later.

On the right, the untouched part of the puddle and on the left the scraped up gel. A quick wash with warm water and it’s all done. ... No muss, no fuss. Did I mention I love this stuff?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 12:32 AM

oh, you did have a spill, sure am glad this was an easy save…im really happy i have a plywood assembly table, i dont have to worry about my shakey arms or hands…which i have sometimes…but i digress, glad you had an easy spill, so beyond the spilled glue….i wonder what is taking place beyond the cameras view….i’m stretching my neck….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 12:32 AM

I still need to fire up that glue pot that I scored and try some out for myself. Likely will be incorporated into my next veneer project.

I think I’ve got an idea of what he’s working on, but only because we talked in person for a good hour at the wooden boat show in Port Townsend this year.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 12:35 AM

No secret guys. I'm blogging it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 12:42 AM

oh i know its not a secret…im just talking right up to the moment details…my arms and hands might shake a bit, but my memory is still ok…as in i know your blogging this….:)....what i cant remember is when do you head for arizona…is Friendship out of the water yet…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 12:45 AM

Nice pointer Paul. Some of us may convert. ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 05:44 AM

Nice cleanup Paul. That’s a plus for HHG.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 09:13 AM

I don’t need convincing Paul as it is all I use now. I just had to get used to pulling my glue out of the fridge on my way out to the shop. I also like that the glue brushes don’t have to be cleaned, just remelted in the pot. It’s also no problem when you get the stuff onto your clothes as it washes right out. I have 4 1 kilo bags ff the dry stuff and with my current rate of use I will be long gone before I even finish the first bag.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 09:45 AM

Need me that stuff.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 04:20 PM

I confess to being a convert myself. Paul being first to chide me to use the glue and pot that had been sitting on my shelf for two years unused. Then Patrick Edwards during my stint in San Diego. So I came back and fired it up! I’m sure I’ll still use TiteBond for some things that don’t matter much, but for my future period furniture and probably boxes as well, it will be hide glue (either hot, or Old Brown Glue). There are many advantages, for many kinds of projects.

I would add my voice to encouragement to give it a try. I get mine from Patrick Edwards at


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

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#10 posted 10-16-2014 02:54 AM

Great stuff and easy cleanup if I could just remember to take it to the shop daily and have it ready to use when I need it ,I guess it will take time to get into the habit .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 10-19-2014 11:49 PM

Good thing that spill didn’t glue your vise together.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 12:59 AM

Ahh yes Roger, but my wagon vice comes apart in seconds for cleanup (which I did).

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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