My preferred glue bottle

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 11-03-2010 08:40 PM 1450 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This could be a review but it’s not officially a tool, and it’s a little thing, so I thought I’d just put it in a blog entry so someone might see it and find it useful.
I just came in from the shop. I’ve been working on making some oak stair treads with returns for a staircase and banister I’m currently working on. I’ll post it later when it’s done. I have found what I think is a great glue bottle. Not only that but I get new free ones every couple of months. If you or anyone you know uses contacts, and many people do, you have to purchase these bottles of cleaning solution periodically. The ones I’ve seen are pretty much made the same whether you use the official stuff or the generic walmart kind. BTW, I purchase my titebond by the gallon. It’s much less expensive that way.

The bottle is clean once empty/ It just contained some saline water. The cap snaps off and with a small funnel or just pouring it you can fill it. It has a closing cap that snaps on and is held on by a plastic strap so you can’t lose it. I find that using a small screw to enlarge the opening is sufficient to allow the glue to pour out in a narrow bead that is just right. The contact user will be making a new one for you in about a month or two and they keep coming as long as the contacts are worn.

I’ve been using these for a year now and really like them. The material they are made out of is more rubbery than ‘plasticy’ so it squeezes smoothly and returns to it’s shape when done.
Again, just a little heads up on a minor observation of a new ‘tool’ I’ve become fond of because it fulfills a need.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 09:18 PM

That is a good idea, I believe I have one of those at home already!

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 09:21 PM

Somebody else preferred mustard bottles :-)

I think all of these are a great idea.

Having bought a biscuit glue bottle AND a roller (for edges) bottle for about $8, the pair, I’m pretty happy with how they’re working out, but … always good to have free alternatives !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 09:40 PM

Great idea, I just bought 3 slightly larger bottles for glue… these are much better and the price is right!
Sometimes I feel like I am filling the glue bottle every week!
Nice to have you back, Dan.
How was your trip?

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 09:43 PM

I got one of those glue bottle / spreader kits from Woodcraft a while back free with the purchase of something like $25.00 or more… I went in there for my chuck anyway, but I came out with glue, biscuits, and a bottle… Not a bad deal. I really like how it works…

Kind of a flimsy bottle though. I hope I can find a replacement bottle to fit the tips once this one dies…

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 09:50 PM

Great trip Ellen, 2 months, 11,000 miles and about 30 National Parks. Here’s the blog for it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 10:57 PM

Welcome home , Dan !
I’m happy to read that I’m not the only “frugal” LJ : )
I’ve been having great luck with the small DAWN dishwashing liquid bottles….they keep changing their cap design , but I haven’t had any problems with any that I’ve used yet and the bottles are meant to be squeezed repeatedly and you can see thru them , so it’s a win-win for me : )
I also repurpose McD’s small plastic containers ie: parfait and sundae cups and the small ketchup cups as well , for little projects to hold glues or soak small brushes in mineral spirits or when I just need a little bit of finish or stain. I just can’t justify going out and buying dedicated containers when their “cousins” are all around us :)

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Derek Lyons

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 11:28 PM

You can also buy the same kind of bottle used for ketchup/mustard pretty cheaply down at your local restaurant supply house.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 11:31 PM

Great use of household product containers.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 04:24 AM

Welcome back Dan!

I use these bottles for water for sharpening and for cutting fluids as they have a very fine and controllable drip, and I can literally put just a drop of water as opposed to spill a puddle. for glue I use empty mustard bottles as they are smaller in size and more comfortable to use, and also they have a wide mouth which is easy to refill.

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 06:32 AM

Thanks for the post and all the comments for the great ideas and reminders for us frugal LJs! I’ve been refilling my same glue bottles and fighting their design flaws. Now I’ll start saving some of those other bottles and try them out!


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#11 posted 11-04-2010 09:37 AM

I get the TiteBond III at a better than wholesale price and buy 6 to 8 at a time so I have the really cool top and never run out of bottles…

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