Glue roller

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 10-25-2014 10:04 PM 2511 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because I edge glue a lot of material I decided I need something better for glue application.

I started with a small bread pan I absconded from my wife that is a Baker.
I then turned a piece of maple the width of the pan less shims for bringing the sides parallel. The drum needs to be turned to a diameter that will bring the bottom of the drum within about 1/4” of the bottom of the pan.
I recessed skate bearings in both end as well as drilling a hole about 1/4” smaller than the OD of the bearings.
You then fill the pan with glue about 1/2 – 3/4” deep with glue, and away you go. I found that running the board one direction and the the other helped to get an even coating of glue. It does wast glue, but it saves a lot of time. Glue is cheap compared to time.

I won’t be going back to gluing from a bottle again, except for quick glueups to eliminate cleanup.

Thanks for looking, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 01:58 AM

Great idea, certainly looks like a time saver! I might need to steal this for some upcoming projects!.

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 03:32 AM

Looks good. I like that.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 10:01 AM

Great thinking. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 08:32 PM

A simple solution to a normally messy job.

Great idea and very useful, well done.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 09:05 PM

Genius idea and build! Has your wife missed her loaf pan yet?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 10:47 PM

Thanks to all of you for your comments.
I actually saw a similar one only the glue tank is on top and it is hand held. So in other words you run it on top of the material instead of the other way around. It also has a price tag of about $300, way out of my financial zone.
However even before I saw the other model I was looking at an old postage stamp tool that worked very similar only with water to wet the stamps. I thought then I have to make something like that for glue.

Oh and Karen my wife gave me the pan, she is the best and treats me like a King.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 04:50 AM

Great Idea, Nifty

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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