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Don't Use Smelly Glue





Buying glue by the gallon costs less, but  it may not be a good investment if you use glue infrequently. After a while, leftover glue can develop a bad smell. According to the folks at Franklin Adhesives, your best bet is to toss the old stuff and buy a fresh bottle. Glues have a preservative in them to keep bacteria or fungus from setting up shop. But the
preservative only delays the inevitable. Your smelly  glue may be OK; a bad odor does not necessarily mean the glue has gone bad. But consider what your project is worth and whether you want to risk joint failure for the price of a bottle of glue. Most woodworking glue has a one-year shelf life. Even though it's tempting to buy a big bottle to save money, it's better to buy glue in a size you know you'll use up in a year. Here's a good tip: Write the purchase date on the glue bottle. That way, you'll know when it's time to buy fresh.


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gepetto wrote re: Don't Use Smelly Glue
on 03-09-2009 7:40 AM

For  those who like to tinker, hide glue in granular form can be kept almost indefinitely without difficulty, mixes up easily with water, is adjustable in strength to suit the job, and requires only a very inexpensive crock pot to reach and maintain optimal temperature.  It can be made and frozen in an old ice cube tray to be ready at a moment's notice.  Just make certain to label the tray!