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Using three different glues: where and why?

Issue 210 February 13, 2014

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!
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About the guitar in this video: This 1930s Kay Deluxe is a fixer-upper that Dan worked on in the previous issue of Trade Secrets. This is the second step on its road to recovery!
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  • checkmarkTitebond: Loads of uses for repairs and caul making
  • checkmarkHot hide glue: Dan's favorite, but it has a very short working time
  • checkmarkBottled hide glue: Similar to hot glue, but much more forgiving working time
  • checkmarkCauls: Take the time to create the right cauls - It pays off in good results!
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Titebond Wood Glue
Aliphatic-resin glue for instrument building and repair.
Titebond Liquid Hide Glue
Hide glue in convenient ready-to-use liquid form.
Behlen Ground Hide Glue
Traditional luthier's glue.
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Electric Glue Pot
For melting and holding hide glue at the proper temperature.
Spool Clamps
Available in two sizes, spool clamps are fast, safe, and indispensable in your shop.
Glue Brush
A versatile metal-handled brush that's the right size for routine instrument gluing jobs.
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