If any of you are interested in trying hide glue but think it is messy or inconvenient / slow to apply on larger glue-ups. I can tell you about it all day but maybe a video will be worth a few hundred words.
A couple of years ago I put a workbench together using lapped layers of plywood to give me the effect of finger jointed 4 1/2” x 3 3/4” material for the trestle legs. With hide glue, the lack of need for clamping makes this a very easy lay-up to fire together with a stapler. These joints will be extremely strong and rigid and will never work loose.
I hope I made that look as easy as it is. It is as quick or even maybe quicker than pva and I didn’t get cramps in my hands from squeezing the glue bottle. The round bristle brush I’m using comes in a set of ten (two each of five different sizes) at Michaels for cheap and with the circular motion I’m using here is about the best way to apply the glue quickly and evenly.
Edit: I now use some really nice round bristle brushes made specifically for HHG available at Tools For Working Wood.
They work better and last longer but I still use the smaller Michaels ones for accurate application on small jobs.
I would like to think that I can lure some of you over to the ….. no, back to the light side with this.
Thanks for looking in.
-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.