Immersed in cold water gelatin does not dissolve but swells up; it dissolves readily in hot water, forming, according to the quantity present, a thick jelly which solidifies to a hard mass on cooling (the " glue " of the woodworker), or a thin jelly (used in cookery).
Hartmann & Schlegel (1980) reported contact dermatitis from the wood dust of this species in a Swiss woodworker.
If you know of a woodworker with a great reputation you would like to contract who is long distance, you may not have the opportunity to visit his studio.
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Unless you're an expert woodworker, you should start with an existing plan.