Hand tool tips and tricks #12: Quick Glue Spreader

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 03-14-2013 02:08 AM 1990 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I need to do a lamination I like an even bead of glue throughout the piece. I pick up an off-cut (most tenon cheeks are about the right size) and make one of these.

A little bit of saw work.

And you have a useful little tool. Forget to clean it…make another.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 02:32 AM

Without a sketchup model I can’t make it. Do you have one?

Thanks for the tip.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 03:11 AM

That’s why you’re my go-to guy. I’ve been using popsicle sticks for smaller glue jobs, but this looks great for the larger ones.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 03:27 AM

Better design than the notched trowel I use especially for hard to clean up glues

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 03:39 AM

Reminds me of my dovetails…

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 03:59 AM

Good one!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 04:06 AM

I’m a newbie, could you do a “Tutorial Blog” on the making of your glue spreader? I have a chainsaw, would that work for the cuts??? ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 04:19 AM

Use a three-cornered file to cut notches any size you desire on the edge of a credit card, putty knife, etc.

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 11:00 AM

This is good idea. I do something similar by cutting small teeth on my scroll saw. First I make shallow cuts at about an 45deg. angle all in the same direction across a thick veneer, then I turn it over and make the same cuts on the other side to form the pointed teeth. Lastly I run the teeth edge on a little sandpaper to make sure they are all the same length.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 02:01 PM

That works. My glue spreader is a cheap plastic putty knife that I notched with a utility knife (NGK’s triangular file would have been a better way of doing it) With most glues, I can just let them dry and then they pop right off and ready to use again. Total investment was less than 50 cents, so I won’t feel bad if something happens to it.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 06:06 PM

Love the credit card idea. I think I have an old Blockbuster card I don’t use anymore.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 02:06 PM


-- ~Tony

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