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Re: Hide Glue Formula?
1/29/2003 9:08 AM
Dave Wendler (2201) wrote:
I use standard granulated hide glue. I wouldn't be surprised if your "formula" works well. The only thing you can do is to try it out on some scrap spruce/maple.
The critical issue with hide glues is bringing them to tempurature. 140F to 150F is as hot as you want to go. Should have the consistency of real maple syrup...pretty thin.
For the dried granulated stuff, I cover with cold tap water(some will say use distilled) until it has absorbed all it can...then add a dash more water and heat to temp. You can start the heating process in your microwave, and if you have a good meat thermometer, time some equal sized batches to bring to working temp. Works great. OR, you can use one of those potpourri pots from Wal-mart...about $10...although they work better at holding temp than bringing up to temp. I fill mine with hot water and leave it on when doing major gluing, while mixing up small batches of glue in the bottom of cut off aluminum beer cans....you can set these in the hot water to hold at working temp.
Please do experiment with the gelatin and aspirin...and let us know how it works for you.
My guitars are assembled with Titebond, btw. I use hide glue on broken headstocks, bridge reglues, and of course violins.