Warmed hide glue has been fed into
the mitered joints. Hide glue is a refined form of animal glue and is traditionally
used by fine woodworkers. It should be available from musical
instrument makers suppliers.
I find it convenient to heat the
glue in a baby's bottle warmer/sterilizer. The glue is in a recycled
I find it easier to first put enough
glue for the job in the jar and add a little water. In the dry state
it looks a bit like brown sugar! The desired consistency of the
warmed glue is of honey.
There are several reasons for using
hide glue in restoration. The new glue will revive the remaining glue
in the joints. This avoids the need to take the caddy apart! The glue is
water soluble and the job is reversible.
A hot iron with a damp cloth is used
for a few seconds on the joint before allowing the clamped joins
to set. The steam warms up the glue.
I left it overnight.
The caddy is protected from the
clamps with pieces of card and scraps of wood.