Behlen Ground Hide Glue

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Behlen Ground Hide Glue

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Behlen Ground Hide Glue

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Traditional luthier's glue that creates stronger wood joints than bottled liquid hide glues, and allows disassembly later with a hot knife.

Granulated, for dissolving in water using our Electric Glue Pot. Gram strength is 164. 1-pound container.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Using three different glues: where and why?

Titebond or hide glue? Hot glue or bottled? Dan Erlewine uses three glues for this repair, and each has different properties. He explains why one glue can't cover all the bases. And he's created some pretty interesting cauls for clamping this job together while it dries!

Why hide glue is best for this cracked neck

A badly broken neck on this Martin D-35 almost goes unnoticed, and the repair leads to an innovative do-it-yourself jig. Dan Erlewine explains how he chose the gluing method for this repair.

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Fixed cracked neck Gibson SG

(Customer's Reviews)

First time using hot hide glue.
It is easy to use , worked great.
I used a crock pot and a thermometer to heat it up to 145 to 165 degrees.
Then used the medium needle glue syringe to fix the same kind of crack you can see on the stewmac site.
Just 1 clamp no problems.
It's really not rocket surgery, and if you need it only once not all the time just use a crock pot.
I looked at all the info on the web on this kind of crack and decided to go with hide glue over white or any other for these reasons.
1) it is thin enough to syringe it into the small opening.
2) it dosnt creep and move while setting up
3) it dosnt come apart in the sun as easily as white glue
4) this is the stuff that is used to make the guitar in the first place
5) the holding strength is very high
6) it dries hard and draws the pieces together when setting up


Good stuff

(Customer's Reviews)

I'm using the hide glue to restore a pipe organ. This stuff is fantastic! Sticks very well, easy to work with, reusable, re-workable, and dries fast, but not too fast. Gluing hardwood, leather, felt, etc. Everything sticks very well and the one I messed up was easy to re-work and correct. I took the glue to 60c which was a great temp. I mixed a 1:2 glue:water like the video shows which worked great. There was no bad oder, and the glue was amber in color and mostly transparent, not dark. Cleanup was very easy as well.


Good glue but ignore the label!

(Customer's Reviews)

The label on the Behlen can says to mix this glue in equal weights of dry glue and water at a 1:1 ratio. That's just plain wrong -- and the result of that formulation is viscous, unusable goo. Follow Dan's directions in the accompanying short video and you'll get excellent results.

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