The Secret Life of Components—Glue

Master maker, cartoonist, author, and artist Tim Hunkin spent his pandemic downtime producing a series, “The Secret Life of Components”, to introduce designers and builders to the bits and pieces he uses in his fanciful machines.

In this episode he surveys the varieties of glue which he describes as “completely amazing, but … also … equally frustrating.” I never knew before that it was force that causes contact cement to bond, and therefore that if you don’t want your Formica to de-bond from the wood to which you’ve laminated it, you should tap it all over with a hammer and block of wood to spread the impulse.