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I would like to Glue together the Mitred ends of some Beechwood, using Hide Glue. My concerns are ...

  1. Is Hide Glue strong enough?
  2. Does Hide Glue last? Therefore, is there any known instances whereby the Glue starts to weaken after XYZ years?
  3. Does the Hide Glue cause any discolourisation and/or leaking into Wood?
  4. Is Hide Glue completely natural and free of any toxic chemicals?
  • Can I ask why hide glue is your choice? There are a lot of modern glues out there... – Aloysius Defenestrate Apr 11 at 16:20
  • I am looking for an environmentally friendly product that would decompose, naturally, should the need arise. – Craig Apr 12 at 8:53
  • Given that some of the oldest music instruments in the world have joints under tension that are held with hide glue, you are probably ok using it for plain joinery. You should limit yourself to a single question. Or at most a set of closely related questions. 1 & 2 are related, but for me 3 and 4 are separate questions best suited in a different Q&A. (In fact, 4 is a bit of a trick question, and depending on interpretation will never be answerable.) – jdv Apr 13 at 15:05
  • Also, your main two questions imply another: which animal do you asking to sacrifice to your joinery? Not all hide glues are appropriate for permanent joinery. – jdv Apr 13 at 15:06
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    And finally, finally: water-based PVA meets or exceeds government levels of food safety (once cured, naturally) and actually decomposes quite effectively -- there are plenty of case studies and scientific studies on this, because the food industry needs to glue stuff a lot, it turns out. – jdv Apr 13 at 15:22

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