StewMac Fish Glue

StewMac Fish Glue

StewMac Fish Glue

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StewMac Fish Glue

About This Item

Like hide glue, with additional advantages
Fish glue is a traditional woodworking glue with a strong bond that dries crystal-hard like hide glue.

High tack and long working time
Fish glue is tacky when wet, not slippery. This helps to hold parts in place while you clamp or apply rubber bands. The long 30-minute working time is convenient, too. Cure time: 12 hours.

No mixing, no heating
Fish Glue is ready to use right out of the bottle at room temperature. No mixing or heating needed.

Reactivates with water
Water reactivates dried fish glue, making the joint tacky again for reworking.

    Features:
  • High strength
  • Long working time
  • Water clean-up
  • Non-flammable, non-toxic

Storage tip
To get the most out of your glue, repairman Flip Scipio recommends keeping a main bottle stored in the fridge, and transferring to a smaller dispenser bottle as needed.

"If refrigerated, Fish Glue has a virtually indefinite shelf life. The cold prevents bacteria from forming, but also causes the glue to thicken. It needs to sit at room temperature for about an hour to return to normal viscosity."
Flip Scipio, master guitar repairman

If ever in doubt about a glue's freshness, test it on scrap to be certain that it dries hard.

8 oz. bottle


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5.0

Great project glue

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to glue the top and back on my project acoustic. Was afraid to use hot hide glue due to short work time. This gave me time to work and adjust and clamp with time to spare. Don't skimp on it, though...

5.0

Excelente

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Verified Buyer


I have not stuck guitar bridges yet. If I can say that it is an excellent glue for the bars and spinettes of a harmonic cover of a classical or acoustic guitar. Since it crystallizes like glass and that quality is very good and favors the transmission of vibrations between these elements.

Continuous using original titebond for bridge bonding.-

Best regards.-

5.0

Gluing down a loose 1925 Silverbell Tenor Banjo #3 fretboard and lamanite

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Verified Buyer


The above fretboard and lamanite was loose from the 20th. fret to the 7th. fret. In other words, you could move the board back and forth and could raise the board about 1/4" at the 20th. fret next to the shell of the banjo. I made sure the banjo was level and proceeded to raise the fingerboard using a small pry to slide up to about the 10th. fret. I took a butter knife with a 3/8" drilled in it to frost the cake from the 7th. to the 9th. fret and put a clamp on every 3 frets and wiped off the glue with sponge and water clean up all the way to the 20th. fret. No muss and no fuss. That's the wonderful advantage of water base glue. A wonderful substitute for Hide glue. I'd use it over and over again. Wally Schmidt

5.0

Fish glue

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Verified Buyer


Great open time & lasts for years
Can also be frozen. That's why I bought 2 bottles

5.0

Great for repairs

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Verified Buyer


I've been using this glue for repairs and I really like. It's tacky so parts don't slip and the glue line hides well.

5.0

StewMac Fish Glue

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Verified Buyer


Great product,, does what it should,, easy to use ,,,

5.0

It's glue, it doesn't smell like fish!

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Verified Buyer


Seriously, I don't have that much experience but just finished my first bridge/bridge plate replacement using this stuff and it seemed very easy to work with, and (so far) the job is holding up very well.

2.0

Fish glue is for fishes

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Verified Buyer


Bought the glue to re-attach a bride plate. It was easy to work with -- but the plate pulled loose after putting strings on the guitar. I did some additional prep work and
I re-did it with some generic titebond and so far that has held it.

So, at this point, I'm not impressed with the fish glue.

I have another project coming up later -- I'll give it one more try.

:-(

5.0

Good stuff

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Verified Buyer


I bought a bottle of this to try. I'm quite pleased with it. It has very high tack and grips well when assembling parts.
I haven't tried taking a glued joint apart yet. For now I'll continue to use hot hide glue on the neck-to-body joint, and maybe for the braces, but I'll probably us this stuff for just about evgerything else.
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5.0

I have an advantage with hot hide glue, but fish glue has more & always been a great alternative! 

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Verified Buyer


I live in an insanely hot climate so, if take my work outdoors my working time with hot hide glue increases over working out in an unheated garage, in Wisconsin. I can lay some hot halogen lamps over my bench, and have those heating things up but the fish swim bladder glue is neat stuff especially when you know what you can get away with. It will soften and stick to itself, so you can layer in gouged out tops, and you have a nice work time to align parts plug pin holes with Teflon wrapped dowels and get your clamps on. It's just really great stuff. It has a fantastic mechanical bonding property with wood, horn and other materials. There are better fish glues out there, but the best ones use swim bladders from fish that are endangered species, and that makes those glues expensive and their use rather questionable. I assume this glue uses Asian Croaker fish bladders. You still get one heck of a good bond with it, though, and no hurried work to get things lined up plugged, cauled, jigged and clamped.

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