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02-14-2010 05:39 PM

Has anyone ever seen the rolling glue bottle that Norm Abrams uses on New Yankee Workshop? Where would you find that ? I went on The NYW website looking under tools for sale and only saw the biscuit glue bottle he uses for gluing up bis biscuits. It is a pain in the neck sometimes when I’m gluing work up and I thought it would be so much easier if I could buy one of those rolling glue bottles.

Thanks in advance, Rich

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 05:51 PM

Lee Valley

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 06:02 PM

Greetings westside: You can find them at about any place that sells ww supplies. Rockler, Woodworkers Supply, Amazon, you name it…... I have 2, and I don’t like either one. I’d much rather use glue straight from the bottle, and spread it with a flux or small cheap brush….. that’s just me though…. you can find them. If no luck, check with Kent Sheapard (he’s a LJ on this site). He owns a woodworking store, handles Rockler products, and other good quality brands. Kent’s on here quite a lot, so just PM him if you need to…... later.

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 06:11 PM

I’m with Rick on this. I’ve used one in the past and didn’t care for it.

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 06:14 PM

I’ll add to that as well. Have one but found it easier to use the regular glue bottle and a brush (or finger- which explains why my shop apron can stand up by itself). Also found the roller bottle was a hassle to clean after each use.

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:21 PM

I have a Rockler setup that includes the roller as well as several bottle tips. I used it for a while after I got it, but gave it up after getting tired of constantly having to clean it.

I haven’t used the tips or bottle for years and sometimes use just the roller when I need to spread glue fairly quickly.

As others have said, it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 06:45 PM

any way u do it glue-up is messy.

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 06:48 PM

Stopped using mine years ago.

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 07:21 PM

i had one and didn’t like it.
i don’t roll glue often, but when i do, i have a plastic roller on a metal handle that i can throw into water for easy clean up. the bottle with the roller makes clean up impossible.


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#9 posted 02-14-2010 07:52 PM

Thanks for all the responses.I did not realize what a pain in the neck it was to use. Norm makes it look so easy. Where can you find glue in a bottle? I use the kind in a squeeze bottle is a pain in the neck as well. It tends to lock up if not used on a regular basis and have to be cleaned out using a small pick or nail to clean and open it back up again. Thanks all for your help. Much appreciated.

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 08:06 PM

I’m on the opposite side of the fence, but I have one and would not be without it. It may be a pain to clean but I’ve found it helps in speed. I glue up things a lot faster when I use one than when I don’t. I think I bought it at Woodcraft for like $10.

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 08:09 PM

I had one, hated it. Threw it away and bought a Glu-bot with replaceable parts. Then I use a flux brush or my finger to spread it.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 08:13 PM

I got mine from Lee Valley, and like everyone says, clean up is a pain. I just use shop towels cut into quarters to spread the glue and throw it away after I’m done spreading.

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#13 posted 02-14-2010 08:26 PM

Yep….nothing but a PITA. Betcha Norm (really) hates his as well…

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#14 posted 02-15-2010 01:22 AM

If you would like one more comment that the tips are a PITA here is mine. But I do use the roller when I have an especially large area to apply glue to. But I use just the roller as a spreader. The tips are almost worthless in my opinion.

I do like the plastic bottles of glue and will re-fill them when they are empty. You are right about the clogging. But I have found that if I close the spout and wipe it cleam with a towel it really cuts down on the plugging and subsequent cleaning of the dried glue.

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#15 posted 02-15-2010 02:07 AM

I didnt like mine either. I run a bead of glue on the board edge and take a small brush and even it out.

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