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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #2: Dollar Store Glue Applicators

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 09-21-2014 06:53 PM 3550 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Aches, pains and pallet wood, oh my! Part 2 of Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring series Part 3: Makita Banana »

A short time ago I found a tip on the Web that I had to follow-up on. Rockler sells a silicone bristled glue applicator brush for $4.99:

When the white/yellow glue dries on the bristles, it peels and flakes off with little resistance. Nice. Buy the brush once and you won’t have to replace it any time soon.

This tip I found was even better. Your local dollar store sells silicone basters for the kitchen for a fifth of the price of Rockler’s offering. Here’s what I picked up today:

The three large brushes on the left were a buck a piece, the two smaller brushes came as a duet for the same price.

The best part? With a little soap and water washup, I can use these in the kitchen to help baste the Thanksgiving bird. How’s that for frugal?

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 09:07 PM

I’m with you Brother! I bought 2 of these at my local dollar store a few months ago. Mine have the “flat heads” like the ones on the right in your pic.
A buck apiece and no shipping. Dont get much cheaper than that!

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 09:29 PM

But golly gee whiz, none of those other brushes say “Rockler” on the handle. How can I possibly be a real woodworker if I don’t have some big name brand stamped on my tools? (nice find by the way, thanks for the tip)

-- Fred ~ lignator novus ~

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 12:29 AM

I purchased some a few months back also, they are great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 01:27 PM

I bought the ones on the right at the Dollar Store too. I did run them through the kitchen first to use the knife to shorten the bristles to about 3/4 of an inch. I have since added several more to my collection as the glue needs to pretty much dry completly to easily peel off the brush. After each use I hang them up to dry and before use I peel the dried glue out and they are as good as new. My only complaint is that they hold so much glue which drips off when hanging to dry.

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 10:53 PM



I m with you Brother! I bought 2 of these at my local dollar store a few months ago. Mine have the “flat heads” like the ones on the right in your pic.
A buck apiece and no shipping. Dont get much cheaper than that!

- JoeinGa

You got it, Joe! Great idea to shorten the length of the bristles. I will be following your lead. Thanks!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 10:54 PM



But golly gee whiz, none of those other brushes say “Rockler” on the handle. How can I possibly be a real woodworker if I don t have some big name brand stamped on my tools? (nice find by the way, thanks for the tip)

- fredc

Ha,ha, Fred. I was thinking of making up some Rockler decals so I could sleep better at night. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#7 posted 09-22-2014 10:54 PM



I purchased some a few months back also, they are great

- NormG

Great! Thanks for letting me know, Norm.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#8 posted 09-22-2014 10:56 PM



I bought the ones on the right at the Dollar Store too. I did run them through the kitchen first to use the knife to shorten the bristles to about 3/4 of an inch. I have since added several more to my collection as the glue needs to pretty much dry completly to easily peel off the brush. After each use I hang them up to dry and before use I peel the dried glue out and they are as good as new. My only complaint is that they hold so much glue which drips off when hanging to dry.

- macatlin1

Thanks for the tip! I bought so many so I could let them dry before cleaning. I will be shortening the longer tipped ones, as you have done.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#9 posted 09-22-2014 11:08 PM

Hey now, For $1.89 mine says Woodcraft on it!

;)

I love the dollar store for stuff like this though. Good find!

-- -Don

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Paul Bucalo

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#10 posted 09-22-2014 11:13 PM



Hey now, For $1.89 mine says Woodcraft on it!

;)

I love the dollar store for stuff like this though. Good find!

- DurocShark

I hear ya, Don. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 11:58 PM

This is like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. I already have the Rocker…........!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 09-23-2014 12:03 AM



This is like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. I already have the Rocker…........!

- Mean_Dean

I won’t tell if you won’t. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#13 posted 08-28-2016 05:40 AM

I never thought about the dollar store having these.THANK YOU so much for posting this. I have wanted to pick up a few of these but hell would freeze over before I spent what Rockler & a few other online woodworking supply houses charge. There markup is a real rape of those that like working with wood.

Thanks again!

-- EdwardNorton

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#14 posted 08-28-2016 12:45 PM

OK, so it’s been 2 years since this post was started and still the information is applicable. How GREAT is this site!

I’m still using the two that I bought 2 years ago, and I also shortened the bristles so they dont hold so much glue. I figure they’re for glue spreading, and not glue storage :)

Here’s a picture of pretty much the same version that I found at our local dollar store
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#15 posted 08-28-2016 02:28 PM

I keep my dollar store brush in a jar of water after use. A few wipes on a paper towel and its good to go.
It helps if you wipe off most of the glue before storing in the jar. Cutting the bristles to about 3/4”, as some have suggested, really helps, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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