Upcycled Glue Roller

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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-30-2015 01:38 PM 1620 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Find that store bought glue roller bottles are a hassle to clean, I design my own glue roller that uses disposable synthetic wine bottle corks. It works much better and is quicker than a brush or a finger !

My handle comes from an old shovel and the metal strip from a computer slot cover. When I’m done with a cork, I still keep it to clean my sanding belts. It works as well as a crepe block.

If you don’t drink wine, keep in mind that dry glue peels off easily and a cork will last a long time !

More details and photos on this page of my blog.

Thanks for looking.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 01:43 PM

That’s pretty clever. I like your idea.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 03:22 PM

Excelent idea! Try to copy! Thank for share

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 03:36 PM

That would mean I would have to move up to a better grade of wine, my bottles have screw on tops, I
do have a few corks, now to start a project that is big enough to need a glue roller. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 05:00 PM

Great idea, and cost effective. Thx for sharing I see one in my future.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 06:30 PM

Thanks for posting, but I don’t like glue rollers….I’ve tried a couple of different kinds, and with the same results..I prefer glue brushes, and of course, the old fore finger…and a wet rag….I’ve just never had good luck with any of them…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#6 posted 05-30-2015 06:40 PM

@Rick, there is another issue with store bought glue rollers. Since they are made out of plastic they often slip instead of rolling, what don’t spread an even coat of glue. Thankfully, synthetic corks don’t slip. However, the old methods are still popular and effective ! I wouldn’t live without a glue brush, neither a missing finger !

Thank you all guys for spending time to comment.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 05-30-2015 11:48 PM

Great idea! Good excuse to drink a bottle of wine, too!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 12:39 AM

Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 05-31-2015 12:51 AM

How many thrus do I have to bottle before I cork one with a find?

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 01:18 AM

Wine also comes in bottles!?

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#11 posted 05-31-2015 04:16 AM

Great idea! But I sure wish beer came with a cork.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#12 posted 05-31-2015 04:40 PM

Hello Serge

Great idea

Did you drink all the wine before ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#13 posted 05-31-2015 05:02 PM

@Jack, yes I drank the wine before otherwise the cork free bottles would oxidise and be ruined !

@Ted, how about batter a wine bottle for a beer ?



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#14 posted 06-01-2015 03:53 AM

It’s realy hard to find material which will not stick to the glue. Nice solution with cork.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 06-01-2015 12:20 PM

I have quite a collection of those corks. Gr8 idea Serge

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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