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07-27-2016 06:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glue guns hot melt

Have any of you used and could recommend a decent Hot Melt glue gun? I used a Parker for almost twenty years but if finally gave up the ghost. The “pick up lever” would no longer move a fresh glue stick forward. I bought a cheap Arrow at Lowe’s…...that is all they had….and the same problem is showing up with it after just a couple of projects.

I don’t use it in my woodworking but only for gluing on accents usually cork. I just finished making a bunch of “bird houses” out of cork so I did a lot of glueing.

Anyway, would appreciate any hints for a good, not too expensive unit.

Thanks

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.


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#1 posted 07-27-2016 07:05 PM

I got my gun at Hobby Lobby – it is an 80 Watt ‘Surebonder’ below.
29.99 but download the 40% coupon on your cellphone -

I wish I had gotten the 60 watt gun, because I have generally found that it is a bit too hot.
Ultimately it holds really well, and may be ideal for your birdhouses – but I use the gun to do some Jigging work – where I can hold assemblies in alignement. I find I have to stand there and hold the joint for quite a while before the glue cools down enough to hold.
Once cold it is A-ok. But seems if I started “a little colder” it would work better. Suppose there are higher temp glues, that would be at their set point quicker – but I am in a small town, and don’t want to special order stuff all the time.

This was a project with my Highschooler – notice we hot glued the legs to a plywood board to maintain a centerline, and a dowel to set the tilt of the front legs, while we fit the stretchers and curved rear legs (also glued to the piece of plywood. stretchers are doweled into place
Allows you to flexibly remove and replace parts and tune the fit before glueing without needing 12 arms to align and make sure it isn’t glued with any twist. You can see the gun behind the T88 epoxy box on the left side.

he got a medaliion and blue ribbon – at the Fort Hays university tech fair.

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 08:33 PM

Nice idea for hot glue. Beautiful work. I thought high school shop classes were a thing of the past. I fell in love with woodworking in my high school class about 55 years ago. My problem is that I never really improved…...LOL.

Thanks for the information.

Tell me more about the coupon download on the cell phone. I just got my first “smart phone” a while back.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 08:45 PM

Andy – if you use the web browser on your phone Google “Hobby Lobby Coupon” on my phone – it brings up the image of teh coupon on the screen, you show the cashier, ... they just type in the 4 digit code – -
You can also print it from home on your computer –
This is the printable link
http://img.hobbylobby.com/sys-master/root/hc7/h0e/h00/9213724590110/7-24ShopHLCoup.jpg

If I am there with my wife – we each go through seperately with each of us having whatever “high dollar” item, then pay full price for everything else.

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 11:05 PM

Sorry I can’t help you about the glue gun, but, I like your idea using corks for bird houses.

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 06:54 AM

Thanks, Doc. I’ll look for those coupons

I’ll post some pictures of the finished bird houses. They are from an internet project someone posted and was sent to me because they know I do a lot with corks.

By the way, I love to hear of a source for corks. It is getting rough finding them except for what people can save for you. I used to be able to their test samples and rejects that were going to be tossed from Oneao Closurs in Napa, CA. I would pat their shipping cost and she would send me a yard bag full of them. Unfortunately they moved their operation to France after the big slowdown in 2008. Now I have to rely on wine drinking friends. My daughter and son in law live in Italy and they gather them from the sidewalk cafes.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 12:10 AM

If you have a store nearby that caters to home brewers and wine makers, you can purchase them by the bag.

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 12:25 AM

Just in case it’s helpful and you haven’t already ran across it, here is one of my cork cutting jigs.

I acquired a steamer trunk full of them. The wife’s former (late) husband brought them home from a winery he worked for but which closed down. I wanted to do something with them, so came up with this to make quick work of sawing them in half.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/105784

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 06:23 AM

This one was recommended to me but I haven’t got around to buying it yet.

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 08:01 AM

Home Depot carries the Dewalt Glue gun and they take the large glue sticks. I think I paid around $25 and it works excellent.

Cheers!

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#10 posted 07-29-2016 04:59 PM

Thanks for all the recommendations. I have to admit that Arrow is doing good by me. I emailed them via their web site and they are going to send me a replacement unit.

I am definitely going to check out that DeWalt unit at HD.

Regarding local wine supply stores; nothing like that here in our rural village, but we have a lot of wine drinkers…....usually cheap Muscatel…...LOL.

Here is a picture of the bird houses I made. Nothing great like some of you guys do; just something to keep an old guy busy and away from the wife…..LOL

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#11 posted 07-30-2016 09:32 AM

Did those pictures go through? I think I am doing something wrong.

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#12 posted 07-30-2016 01:55 PM

I have the dewalt and have had slipping issues. Some sticks work well while others slip. It may have more to do with the sticks than the gun.

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#13 posted 07-30-2016 02:05 PM



I have the dewalt and have had slipping issues. Some sticks work well while others slip. It may have more to do with the sticks than the gun.

- rockindavan

DITTO …...definitely the sticks

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#14 posted 07-30-2016 03:45 PM

Good point!!! Have any of you found a fix for the problem? Seems to me they could come up with a better gripping design…...maybe a rough surface or something along those lines.

No response on my question about the pictures. Am I doing something wrong? When I click on “img” it tells me to “click on “Browse””, but I don’t see a link to “Browse”.

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#15 posted 07-30-2016 05:17 PM

click link to the right of line box

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