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I’ve actually been curious: How well/ how easily reversible is the gummy bear glue? Was thinking about how well it would or wouldn’t work for veneering, as compared to boiling down a non-gummy based animal.

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Easily reversible. With heat or alcohol.

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When I use animal protein adhesives for bookbinding I use a little mug warmer which lets you set the temperature. It was fairly cheap from Amazon, takes up less space on the bench than my water jacket glue pot and I don’t have to worry about it going dry. I keep my glue in little Japanese lunch things that are stainless and about the size of a short mug. They have a plastic lid with a seal and cost a few dollars each at the supermarket. Straight from the fridge to the mug warmer and back again.

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Fantastic tip. I didn't even know that coffee mug warmers existed! (A cup of coffee is lucky to last 10 minutes in my hands.) Thank you!

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There once was a sailor from Mazores

Snapped his oarlock when ordered to “raise oars!”

He spat up the gummy

That roiled his tummy

And fixed it, then rowed to the Azores

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It's addictive. And more fun than taxes.

There once was a man from Nantucket

Made a stick chair but added a bucket,

Carved out the seat’s middle

To pass shit and piddle,

Called it “stool box” and told me to suck it.

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There was a young man from Eau Claire

Who was having his girl in a chair.

But the furniture broke

On the thirty-fourth stroke,

And his gun went off in the air.

You made this neuron fire. Now I can't stop.

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A happily married young pair

Were having a bout in a chair.

On a powerful thrust

The furniture bust,

But at that point they didn't much care.

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There was an old harlot named Sue

Who filled her vagina with glue

She said with a grin,

"They paid to get in.

Now they'll pay to get out again too."

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Did you write that?

Wow.

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I wish. There was a historian named Ray Allen Billington, who had a book of Limericks published after his death. All dirty, as proper limericks should be.

Somehow, it was in my catholic college library's collection. Remember when you checked out a book, they stamped the due date in the back, and you wrote your name next to the date? I signed it out twice a semester, and wrote the name of the priest who taught my "Ethics and Morality" class.

Money well spent.

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Is it acceptable to post glue-related dirty limericks?

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Did you read the other limericks?

This blog is PG-13 on good days. And R on others.

Go for it.

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I asked ChatGPT to write a Limerick and here's what I got:

There once was a sailor from Mazores,

Whose boat was in need of repairs.

He reached for the glue,

And stuck it like new,

Now his vessel is fit for more tours.

I then asked it to add some innuendo and it declined.

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Feb 28, 2023·edited Feb 28, 2023

There once was a sailor from Mazores

He used cheap hide glue of course

His seat did split

And the tenon did fit

But in backside - tighter than before(s)

(Sorry, I'm not usually much for limericks)

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Does anyone know what is chemically going on during the cooking process? And what the salt does?

I always like to know WHY I’m doing some process.

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“…who put hide glue on all of his sores;”

(Sorry, can’t get the rest to work).

Will try the glue. Thanks!

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The buried lede in this post is that you found a way to make purpleheart look good.

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Feb 28, 2023Liked by Christopher Schwarz

There once was a sailor form Mazores

Who claimed he could paddle without oars

He broke his arms when he ran aground

And couldn't fix them with collagen or gummy bear glue

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Some day, I'd appreciate a rumination on Hold Heet glue pot alternatives. Hold Heets are I possible to find, and a couple of the wax-warmer alternatives I've tried can't hold a steady temperature. I used my Hold Heet to warm finish as well as glue. Sadly, Peet is now defunct.

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A sous vide cooker will let you dial in the temperature to 1/10th degree and you can use any kind of vessel to melt the concoction. Seems like a good possibility, though I’ve not tried it (yet).

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I am such an idiot at times. Yes, sous vide. I have in my notes on this glue that sous vide would be a great way to try to make the glue in large batches. I have no doubt it would work.

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Feb 28, 2023·edited Feb 28, 2023

I've got a mini-crock pot I got from the local thrift shop and used an in-line dimmer from the local hardware store to bring the temp down to around 140F. It actually seemed to work OK without the dimmer barring driving off a lot of the water when the lid was off. But, I'd catch it reading up to 180F on occasion and everything I've read said don't push past 140F. All-in-all I was in for 30CAD. If I had a larger quantity than my own wee use I'd have just gone with an Inkbird controller rather than a dumb-dimmer.

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Or for less money:

https://www.amazon.com/IVYX-Scientific-Digital-Laboratory-RT-100%C2%B0C/dp/B07T81P5KN

I love my Hold Heet, and I wish they were still made. But there are many alternatives.

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A lot of people I know use the mini Crockpots on "warm" mode (145° to 165°) with the lid off to keep the temperature down.

Baby bottle warmers go up to 100° (F), which can be used for some applications.

I've had my eye on this:

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/carnival-king-single-32-oz-sauce-topping-bottle-warmer-with-squeeze-bottle-200w-120v/382SBW1B.html

I am certain there are people in the restoration trade who have much better ideas.

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There once was a sailor from Mazores

with a penchant for the woods that are ring-porous

he would use it to make chairs

that he glued with gummi-bears

then write articles explaining it all for us

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