Technical: How do you glue?

Glueing is a very sticky subject (quite literally). It's an indispensable tool in leather-crafting. It speeds up assembly time quite considerably and time is something that cannot be easily replaced. 

The sticky substance however does not go hand in hand with an unmarked natural vegetable tanned leather. It's almost impossible to remove 100% the glue once it make contact with the grain side of the leather, there is always something that's left behind. We found the action of glueing to be a love hate relationship, in the past at least.

We stumbled upon a very neat glueing tools made by Rockler, which is intended for woodworking, that is a game changer for us especially when it comes to glueing relatively large surface area. The tools are fantastic in leather craft application, it significantly reduced the risk of dropping/smearing glue on the leather surface. The lack of clean-up is also a bonus, one can leave the glue to dry on the tools then just peel and clean. It's a love love relationship now.

Below are some photos we took while making mini tote with green chevre earlier today. As the tote is fully lined, the outer need to be glued to the lining, a considerable amount of glue was used.

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Some of the tools we use for glueing application. Glass burnisher, roller, and various Rockler glue application tools

Some of the tools we use for glueing application. Glass burnisher, roller, and various Rockler glue application tools

Loving the no need to clean-up 'feature'. Dried glue from previous project ready to peel

Loving the no need to clean-up 'feature'. Dried glue from previous project ready to peel

Peeling dried glue. It's strangely satisfying...

Peeling dried glue. It's strangely satisfying...

Flexible small silicone brush tip

Flexible small silicone brush tip

Glue injector. Useful for smaller project or for hard to reach places

Glue injector. Useful for smaller project or for hard to reach places

Roller and glass burnisher to press the leather. 

Roller and glass burnisher to press the leather. 

Spreading the glue

Spreading the glue

Silicon spreader in action, note how glue-free the hand is!!

Silicon spreader in action, note how glue-free the hand is!!

Spreading done!

Spreading done!

Glass burnisher to even out the glue, this is a critical step to ensure no glue gap between the two layers of leather. Always clean the glass beforehand!

Glass burnisher to even out the glue, this is a critical step to ensure no glue gap between the two layers of leather. Always clean the glass beforehand!

Done!

Done!

Solid laminated Oak is very useful for compressing the leathers

Solid laminated Oak is very useful for compressing the leathers

Cutting done!

Cutting done!

Neat glued surface with no visible glue line. This is critical for that clean burnish. The edge on this piece will be painted but it's good to know what is underneath that paint.

Neat glued surface with no visible glue line. This is critical for that clean burnish. The edge on this piece will be painted but it's good to know what is underneath that paint.