Has anybody used "Glue Dots"?

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Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 03-10-2016 08:12 PM 527 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2016 08:12 PM

For my cutting boards, I usually attach semi-transparent rubber “feet” on the bottoms so they won’t slip on countertops or end up in a puddle of God knows what. I’ve been using the self-adhesive kind from Ace Hardware, but after a while they come off. So I need a stronger way of attaching these. I could use (and have used) small screws, usually stainless steel. I countersink these to avoid scratching countertops, etc.

Before I standardize on screws, however, I’d like to know if there’s an adhesive I can use (in addition to the self-adhesive mentioned above) to make a stronger bond. How about contact cement? “Gorilla Glue”? In addition, I just ran across a product at Home Depot called “Glue Dots.” Hey, they’re “Advanced Strength”! But it seems that all glue manufacturers claim their products are so strong that they’ll reinforce the Hoover Dam.

So has anybody used Glue Dots? If so, in what application(s)?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-10-2016 08:15 PM

A drop of epoxy would probably keep them on forever. My wife use gluedots for scrapbooking. I dont know if they would hold more than 2 pieces of paper together.

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 08:28 PM

Don’t know if this interests you, but I’ve been using these on my cutting boards. $2.99 for 8, so $1.50/board.

I drill 4 holes in the underside of the board, put some clear 5-minute epoxy in the holes, and press the bumpers in (the hole is sized so it fits pretty snug). I’ve never had any issues. I like them because I don’t have to worry about them coming out, and they give enough clearance over the countertop (1/8”) that keeps the board from sitting in any water or whatever might be on the counter.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 12:37 AM

Thanks for your feedback, mds2 and BinghamtonEd! I should have checked Rockler first, since I’ve never been disappointed in their products. A followup question for both of you: Rockler has several kinds of epoxies, both 2-part and other. Is there a particular kind of epoxy you recommend?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 03:03 PM

An alternative is to use old-school water faucet rubber valve washers.

The rubber is generally very hard and durable and some have a counter sunk recess for a screw.

I use these by drilling a shallow (1/8”) flat bottom recess the same diameter as the washer. I then use a stainless steel screw to attach the washer. They last forever and are inexpensive.

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#5 posted 03-12-2016 01:35 AM

All the cutting boards I’ve made are work ready both sides, if your issue is slippage then consider a camp or dry dish towel under it, slippage gone.

-- I meant to do that!

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#6 posted 03-12-2016 02:15 AM

For epoxy, I just use the clear-drying $5 two-part 5-minute all Loctite epoxy from Lowes. You can do a lot of boards with one pack.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 03-12-2016 02:21 AM

I also use the faucet washers….cheap and effective


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#8 posted 03-12-2016 03:37 AM

I use wine corks, epoxied into a recess….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 03-12-2016 03:53 AM

Heck why bother the top surface is going to get junk on it when using and cleaned, if you want to use both sides
just clean the bottom as you do the top. I do alot of cooking, and my counter is not full of gunk, if some one has a counter like that, it wont make a difference, they will have a cutting board top in the same condition. Plus what ever you would use, if you dont get them alll the same the board is not going to lay flat and rock when using. Annoying!!!

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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