Hide glue is probably one of the best glues available. It was "replaced" years ago by modern glues because of their ease of use and ability to withstand water. Hide glue has several distinct advantages to it. It is extremely strong, it is very hard when dry (it transmits sound vibrations without dampening them), it can be released with heat and water (you can make repairs easily) and joints secured with it have little "creep" to them (they don't move while gluing up). Here is how I mix up a pot of glue.
This is what the glue crystals look like when dry.
- ▼ 2012 (42)
- ► 2011 (33)