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If you've always wanted to try animal hide glue, but are put off by the thought of tending a hot, messy glue pot, then Old Brown Glue is the glue for you. Simply set the glue bottle in the sun, or in a bowl of hot water, and the glue is ready for use. Unlike chemical glues, Old Brown Glue is completely reversible, an essential trait when it comes time to repair your heirloom handmade chairs. It also boasts a very long open time, which takes the stress out of glueups. Just relax and enjoy the process - less stress means fewer mistakes. Old Brown Glue is manufactured in small batches in the USA with 100% natural and organic animal proteins. According to Old Brown Glue's developer Patrick Edwards, "The shop dogs chew on any glue that drips onto the floor. That's not a problem."


  • As a liquid hide glue, Old Brown Glue is perfect for projects with long assembly times, such as chairs and cabinets
  • You can expect about 15 to as much as 45 minutes of working time with this glue, depending on the temperature of your shop, or the warmth of the wood you are gluing
  • Old Brown Glue is easy to clean up - just use cold water
  • Old Brown Glue also works very well for veneering
  • Made from high quality hide and bone glue modified with common urea
  • Transparent to oils, alcohols and organic solvents used in wood finishing, so there is no risk of glue spots spoiling your final finish
  • Apply to clean and dry surfaces and apply pressure for at least 12 hours
  • Complete bond is reached after 24 hours
  • Old Brown Glue has a normal shelf life of eighteen months stored at room temperature, longer
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Brand Old Brown Glue
Tech Spec
  • Non-toxic
  • Viscosity is a function of temperature, and ranges from rather thick above 75°F, to very runny at higher temperatures
  • Glue viscosity is best above 120°F
  • Do not dilute or heat above 160°F
  • The gel point for this modified animal protein glue/liquid hide glue is about 75°F
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Old Brown Glue, 20oz
Great product, and INVISIBLE under stains, dyes and finishes.
I use it for furniture repairs and construction.
I am VERY disappointed to find the larger size is no longer available. I use so much that the smaller bottles aren't practical for me. Please reconsider stocking this item so I don't have to buy it elsewhere.
September 6, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Great non-toxic option
I've used this building cabinets. I don't like all the chemicals, and this is a perfect non-toxic option. Easy to glue up, easy clean up. It's strong and holds great. When I edge glue up my boards to make a panel, I do a tongue and groove to provide more surface area to bond.

Worth the money.
August 20, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Traditional glue
I have used this to refurbish antique wood moulding planes to reattach or replace boxing.
August 9, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works as advertised
I used to make my own glue when I was working on furniture. Now that I am retired, I only need a little every now and then so this small amount works well and if I don't use it all it's no big deal.
May 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
One use and I was hooked!
Actually, the title isn't accurate. Halfway through the first use, I was hooked. Warm it up in a cup of warm water, and it goes on applies like a dream.
More importantly, you know that spot of PVA glue you wiped off with a wet rag, and when you applied your finish, your workpiece was left with a birth mark? Not cool PVA, not cool. After all the work I do to make a piece of furniture, only to find my finish is jacked up because my glue wouldn't completely wipe clean, and resists finish? Well, that doesn't happen with Old Brown. No Sir. That alone is reason to switch for me.
Thanks Pat Edwards, your stinky Old Brown glue is my new fave!
BTW... it's not really that stinky, just don't get too close and sniff.
March 27, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Old Brown Glue is a fantastic glue for many different applications. The key is the long open time.
March 17, 2017
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
As good as Titebond hide glue,but not as good of flow out of the bottle. Must be warmed up in hot water prior to useing.
February 23, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Old Brown Glue works like a horse.
My project was to veneer the column legs of a table frame. The legs measured 8" in diameter and 30 " tall. I made them from MDF circles stacked and doweled together. The glue was heated up for about an hour in hot water and rolled on. It maintained its slipperiness long enough to apply the veneer and wrap it with a rubber band (inner tube) to allow it to slide into position and adhere. It stayed soft overnight to allow me to double cut the seam and remove the under lying piece of veneer.
Ffinished legs
Veneer with seam showing below the notch.
Substructure of MDF and veneer edge showing.
MDF circles stacked to create the legs.
Inner tube rubber band, wrapped over the veneer to clamp it to the MDF leg.
February 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
Worked great for restoring an old heirloom rocking chair. Very happy with results.
October 17, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love this stuff
With a long open time and easy clean up this is always my glue of choice for boxes, dovetailed drawers, and any other open joinery work.
August 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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To repair antique molding planes
Donald K on Jul 22, 2018
Doing dowelled joints for ship models. Too much work to trust to hardware store wood glue.
William O on Jun 2, 2018
To repair antique molding planes
Donald K on Jul 22, 2018
Best fit with antique furniture restoration project.
Joseph M on Jun 20, 2018
Doing dowelled joints for ship models. Too much work to trust to hardware store wood glue.
William O on Jun 2, 2018
I'm out
Stan B on Apr 3, 2018
Chris Schwarz
G F on Feb 11, 2018
I have an antique commode that came apart in moving and wanted something other than the regular glues. Did an internet search.
Kathleen M W on Nov 26, 2017
Glue-ups can be a bear, especially large, multi-sided projects like the patio storage chest I'm building. Read about this glue in Woodsmith magazine extolling the longer open time.
Michael G on Aug 20, 2017
Because I'm restoring an old table.
Jon H on Jul 11, 2017
After reading the specs and reviews I found it to be the best choice. It will be used to replace some mahogany veneer on a antique Singer sewing machine I am restoring.
daniel m on May 17, 2017
I use hide glue on all furniture and other wood product repairs. Makes repairs easy and allows plenty of time for clean up of repair and clamp time. If you need to take a repair apart it can be accomplished without damaging the joint.
Gary H on Apr 21, 2017
Has good reviews; need slow work time for an antique sellers cabinet
Joanne T on Apr 20, 2017
Popular Woodworking article
Wayne N on Apr 10, 2017
needed more working time
John B on Mar 29, 2017
for gluing the larger surface areas of an arch top guitar together. Crisper tone and supposed "more transparent" transfer of vibration through the wood. All Vintage instruments were made with Hide and Gibson's $5-10K level still are
Warren A on Jan 3, 2017
Musical instrument repair
William D on Oct 4, 2016
reversibility, open time
Steve H on Apr 10, 2016
wanted to try this type of glue due to staining isusues with PVA glues
Michael D on Mar 23, 2016
To glue the back on the mandolin.
James F on Dec 23, 2015
I am making picture frames and the extra time allowed by Old Brown Glue gives me plenty of time to adjust the frames. Also the glue is easy to wash up and is clear.
Wayne M on Dec 9, 2015
It has a good reputation.
Mary Kathryn V on Dec 1, 2015
veneer job
Tim R on Nov 28, 2015
Needed hide glue and wanted to try this product.
Phillip K on Nov 23, 2015
tired of heating hide glue in a pot
Daniel M on Oct 29, 2015
Needed for hammer veneering project
Jon C on Aug 10, 2015
longer glue time and easier clean up
Todd C on Jul 14, 2015
like to use OBG/hide glue
john c on Jul 11, 2015
reinstall shelf rail
DAVID T C on Jul 1, 2015
Restoration of an antique yarn winder, and need to reglue the joints.
Kevin T on May 29, 2015
Best fit with antique furniture restoration project.
Joseph M on Jun 20, 2018
I'm out
Stan B on Apr 3, 2018
what temperature does the glue in a joint soften? I wouldnt want to find a pile of rockingchair parts with Granny sitting on it some sunny day!
Tom H on Jul 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Once fully cured you can reverse protein glues by adding moisture and heat to the elements, this will bring back the protein to a liquid state.

If the bond is recent and the glue has not fully cured OBG can be reversed with only heat.

Additional information is available on the manufacturer's website.
Do you think this could be used gluing stones to wood? I like the idea that it takes a while to set which would be helpful with my craft.
Denise M on Oct 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Personally, I use this glue for wood to wood adhesive, mostly for instrument making. It's good for this purpose because you can take it apart with heat and/or steam. I also like to make jewelry too, using stones that I've cut from "rough". The challenge with gluing stones is that different materials that are joined have different expansion rates, so you need to use a glue that has some "give" to it, especially gluing to wood, which will change dimension with both heat/cold, and also (more importantly I think) the moisture in the air. For this reason, I would use a slow setting epoxy (they're pretty similar in make up, as long as you don't use something enhanced bonding particulates like JB Weld). Epoxy resins will permit disassembly later on if needed, just by using some moderate heat that won't damage the stone. Epoxy resins will adhere well to both highly polished cabachon stones and also rough beach stones. Just make sure that they're really clean by using acetone to clean off any residue and oils that may be on the stone first and let them air dry. Just my .02 cents based on my experiences... Good luck and have fun!
Would this be a good choice of glue for putting a sheet of veneer on an old sewing machine cabinet fold out lid?
Betty Ann H on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: it's truly an old machine, the chances are that the original glue was hide glue also. This glue will work fine, giving you lots of open time to get the veneer laid correctly and in the right place. Make sure you warm the glue first, I put the bottle in a tub of hot water for five minutes. This will make it flow easily. It will take overnight for the glue to really set. Good Luck!
Is it strong enough to glue an acoustic bridge back on a dreadnought guitar?
Weblacknd on Sep 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would think so although no experience with that. The best thing about OBG is the fact that should the joint ever fail or need to be removed you can remove the glue with a solution of vinegar and water. Unlike PVC glues that will destroy the wood and finish. Too make double sure I'd suggest checking with Patrick at the Old Brown Glue website. I've called him in the past and since he's the maker of the glue can no doubt answer any question!
Is old brown glue the best choice to reattach an antique vanity mirror to the wood base?
Janet R on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Janet,

I cannot tell exactly by your question, but there seems to be two possibilities of what you want to do. One would be attaching the mirror glass itself to the wood frame. For that purpose I don't think old brown glue would be good as it is intended to be used on wood. If you are gluing two wood parts together I think it would work very well. Try to remove as much of the old glue as possible. If hide glue was used previously you can use water to help remove it and get down to the wood. Make sure the surfaces are clean and dry before gluing. Heat the old brown glue to the proper temperature (120°F to 160°F). Apply glue and clamp joints overnight. I don't know if this glue is the best, but I think it is a good choice and should work well.

Good Luck!