I am savoring some restorative carving time this weekend, but just wanted to take a moment to share this stumbled-upon shop tip.
I’ve been using this simple elm bench for various things for years. I had never permanently affixed the legs until recently when I drove them back into the tapered mortises along with some liquid hide glue. As I put away the glue, I heard a licking sound and turned to see Chip lapping up the bit of glue squeeze out around the legs. Apparently, the smell of that animal protein was irresistible. I couldn’t have done a better job myself. So put away your rags and sponges and find a dog (if you’re using natural hide glue).