Easy Open Glue Bottles

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Project by redryder posted 01-15-2016 07:34 PM 1791 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Perhaps you have come across your glue bottles that want to fight you when it comes time to open them.
Those occasions when you pull so hard that the whole top comes off then you have to put it back on.
The glue dries as in the third photo and makes this simple task more difficult.

I would like to say I invented this easy and silly fix but I found it in one of my favorite magazines The Family Handyman. It was one of the “tips” posted in the February 2016 issue. I thought it looked pretty good.

Scrap wood from old projects cut to 3/8” thick and a 5/8” forstner bit gets it done pretty quickly. The tops now pop open easily and you can still get the glue where you want it to be….....................

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 08:22 PM

I will have to try that!

I also use the upside down trick and clear the nozzle.

A 22 oz. beverage bottle (empty) is used to store the 1/3 or so full bottle upside down—seem to work at least fairly well!

-- just rjR

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 01-15-2016 08:28 PM

Brilliant. I have broken so many Titebond caps, it’s the main reason I buy Elmer’s instead.


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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 09:53 PM

I will look for it…

Looks like a very Handy tip!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 01-15-2016 10:50 PM

been their done that many times thanks for this simple tip im making some this weekend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 01-15-2016 11:46 PM

Great tip !!!

And now about your blue phone. Is it operable, or a just an olde-timey decoration?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 01-16-2016 12:53 AM

Great tip—thanks for sharing!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 01-16-2016 03:11 AM

Use Mustard bottles, I know crazy but give it a try.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 01-16-2016 05:06 AM

Use Mustard bottles, I know crazy but give it a try.

- woodbutcherbynight

Yes! They work really GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 01-16-2016 07:42 AM

Mustard bottles for me too, Jim Jakosh gave me that hint some time ago!
Actually, the top of the mustard bottle fits on the Titebond bottle.

Your “fix” is a solution to an ongoing issue with most glue bottles!

Why don’t the glue manufacturers get the hint?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 01-17-2016 05:25 AM

What a great idea

-- Norman

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#11 posted 01-18-2016 05:58 PM

I hate it when those glue bottles get stuck shut. Thanks for sharing!

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#12 posted 01-18-2016 08:58 PM

I’ve heard of using the mustard bottle tops.

I don’t think I can eat as much mustard as it would take…....................

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 01-18-2016 09:21 PM

Who needs lids? When the glue dries up the tip just smash it with a hammer and pull it off. :)
Been using these for years.

-- Many times my “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct.--

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#14 posted 01-20-2016 09:44 AM

OOOooo I like it!

-- God bless, Candy

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