Rethink the Rules of Liquid Hide Glue


I’ve simply completed writing an article on liquid cover cover glue
for In style Woodworking Journal that takes a crucial
have a look at the adhesive in comparison with yellow glues. My hope is that
it’s a reasonably dogma-free article.

Whereas liquid cover glue will most likely at all times be my favourite
adhesive for inside work, there are some circumstances the place one other
glue is a more sensible choice.

Through the analysis for the article, I talked to adhesive
scientists, glue makers and even visited Franklin
Worldwide’s manufacturing facility in the course of the summer time with a protracted record of
questions. After getting some stunning solutions, I put their
assertions to the take a look at in my store.

I’m going to share a number of the surprises right here. For the remaining,
you’ll have to purchase the journal (sorry, editors need to eat,

Expiration Dates
One of many alleged downsides to
liquid cover glue is that it expires after a couple of yr within the
bottle (although it will possibly final 18 months or longer relying on how
you retailer it or who’s providing you with the data).

However then the scientists at Franklin confirmed me some dried glue
samples they’d just lately made with 10-year-old cover glue. The
dried glue movie was as exhausting as glass – similar to you’d see
with a contemporary bottle.

What provides? As Dale Zimmerman at Franklin defined, it’s all
in the way you retailer the glue. Warmth and water are the enemies of
liquid cover glue. So for those who depart a bottle of glue open in your
shed throughout your complete muggy summer time (or in a sizzling automotive), you
may wreck the glue earlier than the expiration date.

However for those who retailer the glue sealed up and in a cool basement, the
lifetime of the glue is drastically prolonged, because the exams at Franklin
confirmed (which I repeated in my store).

You don’t need to freeze it. You don’t need to retailer it within the
fridge. In actual fact, Zimmerman cautioned that by storing it in a
cooler the glue may tackle water from condensation if you
heat it up. Zimmerman’s recommendation: Simply maintain it sealed up in a
cool basement.

Now some woodworkers would argue that glue is the most cost effective half
of any undertaking, so why take an opportunity with previous glue? It’s an excellent
level, however consider it this fashion: In case you retailer your liquid cover
glue correctly you don’t need to stress in regards to the expiration

How do you take a look at cover glue to see if it’s nonetheless good? That can
be the topic of my subsequent entry on this subject.

— Christopher Schwarz

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