Adhesives: Old Brown Glue
Scott Gibson, Contributing Editor
Hide glue is still a valuable tool for refinishers and restorers of period furniture because it's reversible -- glued assemblies can be taken apart later for repairs.
Old Brown Glue has a very long open time, allowing lots of time to assemble parts before the glue sets. A very low resistance to heat and moisture gives the glue strength, but still allows it to be reversed when needed. Old Brown Glue cleans up with water and is non-toxic.
In November 2004, a 5-oz. container was $8 and a 16-oz. container cost $20.