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Monday, January 26, 2009

Episode #89 - Make a Hide Glue Brush

Make Your Own (Non-Metallic)
Hide Glue Brush!

I have been gearing up for a particular project. In preparation I have been doing a bit of research on using hide glue. For the purist, it is best to use a glue brush without a metal ferrule. The reasoning behind this is the metal ferrule can potentially cause a black stain. There are brushes available for hide glue but there are rather expensive. For the time being, I am spending shop funds on materials and tools.

The focus of this blog is to show an inexpensive alternative to an expensive glue brush. Perhaps just enough to experiment before making a decision to purchase a brush or continue to make your own.

To make your own hide glue brush, all you need is an inexpensive chip brush, a sail needle, and some waxed sail cord. Start by removing the metal ferrule and drilling 3/16 holes in the indentations left by the ferrule. Next, sand the bristle bundle flat so it will mate up with the end of the brush handle.

The following photos show how to stitch the bristle bundle on to the end of the brush handle. It is pretty easy to do with a sail needle . . . just take your time. Tie square knots and keep everything neat and snug!

The next step is a bit more complicated. However, if you have the courage to remove the metal ferrule and sand a bristle bundle flat than you are up for whipping the handle end! Whipping is a type of knot that secures the end of a rope and is perfect for finishing your glue brush. For the sailors and Boy Scouts in the crowd this will be a snap!

This is the result when you are done . . . a perfect brush for use with hide glue. Now all you need is some hide glue and a glue pot!

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Unknown said...

Dave...........I love this post. I see you bring up the Boy Scout and sailor in us. Will I need my "palm" for this procedure?? Of course my kit is up in the boat under the tarp and with it holding up so well, I hate to disturb the way it is lying. By this time, at least once I usually have to retrieve the tarp, re-wrap the hull and file it under storm damage.

This is a great Dad's an ole Navy man who can still splice with anybody, I'm thinking I'll prep some brushes for him, then have him give then a good tight whipping. I'm afraid my work may leave some "dutch pennants".

Excellent, excellent post......Neil

David Pruett said...

Neil -

Thanks for the comments! Now, why am I not surprised that you know (and have) a palm! "Dutch (or Irish) Pennants", brings back Navy days for sure worrying about all the uniform details! Matt still wonders why his Dad is always telling him to straighten his "gig line"!