New Woodworker Workshop Setup #3: So Guys, I think I've made this a "real hobby"

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Blog entry by PocketHole69 posted 07-20-2010 07:11 AM 2268 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At 1AM tonight, way past my bedtime and out in the garage while my wife slept, I emptied my first bottle of Titebond.

I remember buying it a month ago and thinking “thats a lot of glue, that’ll last me forever”.

I’m pretty sure there is a rule somewhere that says when a new woodworker empties his first bottle of wood glue he goes from “goofing off in the garage” to full blown woodworker addiction.

Is there a hotline or something I can call? I might need help. I’m actually thinking about buying a gallon jug!

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 07:29 AM

Gallons are the only way to go. Get the applicator bottles with rollers and other tips and fill them. They are great.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 08:21 AM

the hot-line has been shotdown long time ago
tooo many woodworkers called them , they heard of so many beautyfull
tings of working with wood – so they deside to try it them self – and nobody
have hear anything from them since


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#3 posted 07-20-2010 08:23 AM

very cool…i remember when i did the same thing…that was about 15 years ago… i cant count how many gallons Ive done the same with…lol…...enjoy your journey as a wood worker…once you get down the road some with more experience….keep trying new things…stretch your skills and don’t be afraid to try new things… will be surprised at what you made the first time and how far you’ve gotten…i just pour from the gallon into a small bottle that holds about a half of a fact its an old bottle that use to have chalk line chalk in it…the tip fits tight and i havnt lost any glue..the pop up ones that the glue comes in wear out and break…just an idea for ya…...enjoy lumber jocks…welcome…...grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 11:31 AM

I agree with the Grizzman. I haven’t been back into woodworking that long. But I don’t know how much glue I’ve gone through.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 12:32 PM

I also agree with Grizzman,put the date on the bottle with a sharpie just in case things slow down in the shop, old glue can be a bummer.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 12:53 PM

Isn’t it cool Jason?

I know exactly how you feel. It wasn’t to long ago I jumped into my garage and wanted to build a bird house. Almost a year later my garage has changed its name to my shop, my brides car is left out in the cold, and I find myself wanting to spend more and more time making saw dust. It has taken me nearly 34 years to find something that “Churns My Butter” like this and I’m proud I have found it.

Congrats on the transformation bud. Pull up a chair and welcome to the club…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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David Craig

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 01:24 PM

Yes, the “real” journey has began. Next you will be buying sandpaper by rolls, you will have enough fasteners to open your own hardware store, internet ordering will be your life blood because you cannot find the thingy that you need at your local hardware store, and you will know the location of every backwoods sawmill within a one hour radius of your home.

Welcome to the dark side :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 01:55 PM

Is it true that the strength of unused glue greatly diminishes after a year on the shelf? If so, I need to replace my remaining half gallon soon.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 02:26 PM

Welcome to the club! You have just completed your initiation.

I have to chuckle because I can remember being exactly in your shoes. I have a remodel business and woodworking is an intricate part of that business, but I seem to do it obsessively compared to all the other functions of my business.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 03:00 PM

Woodworking is an addictive thing…whether done as a business or hobby. I have been a woodworker all my life and at age 62 I still am excited and enthusiastic every time I go into my shop. It never gets old or boring.

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 05:40 PM

Greetings Jason,

Actually it all depends on how much ww you intend to do as to how much glue you buy…for some guys,anyway. I don’t buy by the gallon anymore, cause with a bad back, I don’t get out to the shop like I did. I usually just by the quart size, and if it goes rancid, I haven’t lost a lot…... just depends on how many projects you have to do…. And the roll-on applicator… I hate that thing.. always drying up and clogging… I use a 1/2”—1” brush (the throw-away kind) to apply the glue, or the good ole finger…... There has been several discussions on this before on LJs…. pros and cons…. mostly cons….. This is the place to learn, so listen up, pay attention, and you’ll get good advice from some of the most skilled craftsman there are…..... good luck, and keep on keeping on….....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 06:37 PM

I have been buying glue in the 10 oz bottles, and just bought my fist gallon the other day! After about a year, I think I am really serious about this hobby. My wife wonders where I am, but she knows i’m in the garage. i must be having fun, b/c it’s really hot out there! Congrats and welcome to the club!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 10:05 PM

Congrats on emptying that first bottle! Carefull now, I am 20 years down the line and buy 5 gallon drums at a time!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 07-21-2010 06:19 AM

I bought 2 bottles 2 months apart and used them up fairly quickly so I decided I need to save a bit of money and get the money saver one gallon size and wouldn’t you know Murphy’s Law comes into effect right after you make a purchase? I haven’t used anything in that gallon since! (Sighing heavily!) Still have a little bit left in my small bottle. I have the roller thingie too and now I use it just to roll the glue on without putting anything in the bottle, seems to go faster that way. Hope I never get to the point where I have to buy it by the 5 gal size, I don’t particularly like doing glue ups!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 08-03-2010 04:35 AM

I just finished off a gallon on the cabinets I think you should get the next one free.

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