|Review by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 01-28-2012 01:56 PM||10413 views||4 times favorited||32 comments|
Not too long ago, I did a blog which asked people what type of glue they liked best for different woodworking projects. Many people stated that they used white or tan wood glue for many of their gluing applications. I often use this type of glue too, not only for my scroll saw projects, but also for building smaller projects such as boxes and things of that nature.
One problem that I had was application. Since I used the glue on smaller projects and only in small amounts, I found that the glue bottles would frequently get clogged and I would wind up either cutting the tip off the bottle, or sticking a nail through it to keep the glue flowing. This would also sometimes cause the glue to dry out and get gummy and difficult to apply properly – especially to the small pieces which I frequently needed to glue when making delicate scroll work.
Then I came across this nifty glue bottle from Lee Valley Tools. I was not sure if it would work well, but at a cost of $4.95 I thought it was worth trying. After all, I had just discarded another bottle of gummy and half dried out glue.
The things I liked about the bottle were as follow:
-The unique shape of the bottle minimizes air contact with the glue, keeping it fresher and free flowing.
-It comes with two replaceable nozzles – one flat for dispensing ribbons and one conical for dispensing small beads of glue. This gives you great control over application.
-The nozzles are able to be trimmed, which means you can totally control the size of the bead or ribbon that is dispensed.
-Since the nozzles are removable, it is very easy to take them off the bottle and rinse them off if necessary without having to deal with messy threads of the bottle and a mess in general.
-Lee Valley also sells a replacement set of nozzles and caps for only $1.79 for two of each, plus caps.
I have had this bottle with the ribbon tip for several months now and used clear drying wood glue (similar to Titebond III) in it for my scroll sawing projects. I am very pleased that each time I go to use it, it is like using a new bottle of glue. There is no mess and no residual glue that is clogging up the tip and it keeps everything air tight and free flowing.
I recently bought another bottle for my Gorilla Wood Glue and this time I tried the conical tip. I was gluing some delicate lettering and usually I have to mess around with a toothpick and it takes me forever to do. I also wind up applying too much glue and having to take a Q-tip afterwards to wipe the excess glue that oozed out from the back.
I was so impressed at the pinpoint accuracy I got when using this dispenser:
I was able to write with it like a pen and had maximum control over the amount dispensed:
In the end, you can see there was very little excess glue that oozed out, while I was still confident that enough was applied:
This small amount of seepage didn’t even require me wiping with a q-tip, which would have been tedious and difficult due to the intricate lettering.
I purchased the extra set of tips, but I don’t know if I will ever need them. Perhaps I will cut them down a bit to allow a larger bead to flow for the larger project that I will be doing later on.
In any case, for under $10 this is the best system that I have worked with and I am thrilled with it. While it may seem to be somewhat silly to be so excited over glue application, when doing delicate work such as I do, the time and mess it saves me is a definite plus. Not to mention how fresh it keeps your glue.
I highly recommend this system to anyone who makes smaller projects such as boxes, jewelry, lettering and any other small items that require gluing. It makes those tedious chores much easier and neater and the finished project looks far more professional. The link to the product is here:
You should give it a try!
Added In Two Weeks After Original Post: I just wanted to add this in. When leaving the Gorilla Glue Wood Glue in the bottle and coming back after a week or so, I noticed that there is a very small amount of it that stays in the very tip of the pinpoint end of the bottle and needs to be cleaned out. This is easy to do because the tips of the bottles come off very easily. I just ran some warm water through it and used a straight pin and it was as good as new without distorting the pinpoint end and making the hole larger. I still think this bottle is far easier and cleaner than traditional bottles and this procedure took only a minute to do. I suppose you could have just used the pin to poke through it, bit cleaning it brought it back to pristine condition very quickly. I just wanted to let you all know so that my review is as accurate as possible. I maintain that this is the best bottle I have used. :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"