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Forum topic by Dave Owen posted 05-16-2016 12:47 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dave Owen

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05-16-2016 12:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish dispensers

I like finishing small turned projects while on the lathe with various products (wipe-on poly, walnut oil, etc.), and have had good results. The process, though, only takes a few drops of finish at a time, and I’ve been to find a small plastic ‘dispenser’ (something similar to a glue bottle, ketchup dispenser, etc.). All I’ve tried allow the finish to dry in – or related to the spout – which destroys the whole idea. Has anyone found a good answer to this?

Thanks!

-- Dave O.


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TheDane

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 01:18 AM

Is there a Harbor Freight near you? They carry 8 ounce squeeze bottles that are great for finishes, etc.

See: http://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-3-8-oz-storage-bottles-with-twist-caps-66170.html

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 01:16 PM

I have the same issue. Haven’t found a squeeze bottle small enough, so I use these small cups. They will keep poly for 2-3 days, but are not fully air tight. Also use them to mix small batches of stain or dye. $3 for 50 cups with lids.

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Bruyet

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 11:45 AM



Is there a Harbor Freight near you? They carry 8 ounce squeeze bottles that are great for finishes, etc.

See: http://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-3-8-oz-storage-bottles-with-twist-caps-66170.html

- TheDane

+1 on the Harbor freight squeeze bottles. They are just the right size, and have the cap.

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 12:47 PM

Is there a Harbor Freight near you? They carry 8 ounce squeeze bottles that are great for finishes, etc.

See: http://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-3-8-oz-storage-bottles-with-twist-caps-66170.html

- TheDane

Thanks for the tip. I bought some of those squeeze bottles at our local Harbor Freight. Seem to work well for my glues. Just the right size, I think.

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Dave Owen

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#5 posted 05-17-2016 04:48 PM

Thanks all’. The H.F. Squeeze bottles sound like what I’m looking for – if they will keep finishes from hardening in the spout. I do have a H.F. In my town – but 10 miles away. I’ll get there soon and give them a try.
I’m. Thanks again.

-- Dave O.

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RouteSixtySix

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#6 posted 05-18-2016 12:51 PM

If you’re looking for small refillable squeeze bottles, I’ve had good luck with these 2 oz. ones from Hobby Lobby.

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Stencils-Craft-Paints/Paint-Containers/Empty-Writer-Bottles-with-Caps/p/66168

-- Steve

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 11:55 AM

I have no idea where this catalog came from but it showed up in the mail one day, Consolidated Plastics. They have 1 oz. to 32 oz dispensing bottled with pointy ( yorker style) caps. They also have replacement caps in yorker, flip top and regular type. . consolidatedplastics.com <

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Lazyman

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 12:26 PM

I really like the Fastcap Glue Bot for just standard wood glue. Even if a little bit of glue dries in the nozzle when I forget to replace the cap, it releases easily. They have a smaller version (the 4 oz Babe-bot) as well that might be an option for finishes.

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#9 posted 05-27-2016 03:12 PM

I use a dish washing bottle. Seals good, allows a drop at the time, and is clear so that you can see when a product such as Mylands is well shaken. You can see how much Mylands settles. One is a ketchup bottle but it seals fine without clogging.

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Dave Owen

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 02:03 PM

Sorry for the tardy response – I’ve been out of town recently and had no way to connect. There are many good suggestions above, and I appreciate them all. Since Steve posted his suggestion, I’ve been trying a Hobby Lobby squeeze bottle with Minwax Wipe-on. I first tried storing it upright, and on a day to day basis, that worked fine. Then I didn’t use it for several days, and enough Wipe-on stayed in the nozzle to clog it. After that, I stored the bottle upside down (in a second container in case it leaked). That worked quite well until I was away almost a week, after which the nozzle was again blocked by settlement. It was easy to clear the nozzle, though, so I think that’s about the best I can do. I believe these bottles are low-density polyethylene, so I don’t think they would be good with some of the solvents, but thus far it seems fine with the Wipe-on. Anyway, thanks for the responses!

-- Dave O.

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