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Forum topic by DouginVa posted 02-01-2013 12:16 PM 4864 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2013 12:16 PM

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It wasn’t until watching years and years of videos, reading magazines, public TV woodworking shows that I decided to ask a question about something that sort of bugs me. So here it is: Wood glue comes in plastic bottles and jugs. Except for the large jugs, all glue bottles have a tip that disperses the right amount of glue for most applications. So why then, do I see people poor gobs of glue out on to a pan, pail, cup, etc. then dip their brush or applicator in to it and spread their glue on to the surface to be glued?

It seems to me that is very wasteful. What do you do with the leftover? Pour it back in to the bottle? If so, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of pouring it out? And if you pour it out in to another pan for dipping doesn’t that expose it to the air and after repeated pours it will eventually begin to cure….even though very slight, but over time it thickens the viscosity of your glue to the point it may not flow well anymore. Not to mention the introduction of sawdust or wood chips that might fall in to it.

Is it just me or do others think this way as well?

Just askin’.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 12:20 PM

I go straight from container to surface using a plastic card spreader (or my finger).


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#2 posted 02-01-2013 12:31 PM

Yep. I’ve noticed that too and always wondered if they owned a glue store (or factory). I realize that glue isnt the most expensive thing out there, but why just pour it away?

On another thought, I always thought the glue bottles with the roller on top was cool, but if you only use it once or twice a week, doesnt the glue dry and clog it up after every use? I remember seeing Norm use ‘em on that New Yankee Workshop and commenting about it, and my wife said “Yeah, but Norm probably has someone on his “staff” that does nothing but keep his glue bottle clean every time he uses it”

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 12:40 PM


I used to have one of those glue bottles years ago and when the glue dries up on the roller you just just chip it right off. It almost flakes off on it’s own. Very good tool. Gonna have to get another one now that I’m back in to WW fulltime now.

Now if they could just invent a good tip for glue bottles that don’t glue themselves shut when the glue on the tips cure. I always find myself having to break away hardened glue just to get my bottles open again.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 12:55 PM

Depending upon the “application”, I use glue straight from the “2-pint” bottle, pour some onto a “tray” or use a glue-bot or babe-bot.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-01-2013 02:36 PM

Some people like to brush the glue on and favor putting the glue into a container before brushing. I tried that because I thought that was the way it was done and found it less the fulfilling. Now I use a tip to apply the glue to where I want it and then either brush it even or use my finger.

For large applications, like gluing plywood together to form a thicker piece, I poor the glue from the gallon jug and use a notched trowel to spread it around.

I have a couple of the roller applications. After use I unscrew them and put a real top on the container and then wash the roller assembly in warm water.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 02:55 PM

It depends on the application…

For me:
- Brushes work best on joinery, like M&T, dovetails, or box joints.
- Bottles work great for edge gluing…
- Pans work best on biscuits and corner splines. Dunk, tap and go…
- Rollers work great on large areas, like the faces of boards being glued into a slab.

I also like the cheapie 8 and 16 ounce bottles sold at Harbor Freight, as the nozzles can be cut to different openings, and they don’t seem to clog. The bottles are ~ $1 each.

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 03:00 PM

I just squirt it on the piece from the bottle tip then use an acid brush to spread it on small parts.
For larger parts I pour it on and use a credit card or hotel key that has been cut with pinking shears, (Don’t tell my wife).

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 03:21 PM

Glue bots are efficient.

For butcher blocks, I use a chip brush with glue and a little water
in a 16 oz water bottle that has been cut to hold the amount of
glue that would be needed.

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 03:26 PM

I’m a straight-from-the-bottle-spread-with-my-finger kinda guy.

Dallas: To a woman, using her sewing scissors to cut anything other than fabric is like her using your best chisel to scrape chewing gum off the driveway. Don’t ask me how I know this.

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 03:35 PM

Like Charlie I dispense from the bottle and spread with my finger. I get empty glue bottles from my local wood supplier that are much like ketchup dispensers with a lift off cap. I have an old phone book laying on my bench to wipe my finger off on after spreading the glue. I do this because I find that the glue tastes kinda’ funny. <grin>

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 03:36 PM

I used to use an emptied (of course) mustard bottle. The kind with the pull-to-open push-to-close top. But since TiteBond now has the same open/close system, I’ve switched. Added benefit…you can see how much glue is left, too.
I resisted buying that Rockler brush applicator, preferring the acid brushes. Then I got one as a gift. It’s really pretty slick. It does a great job of evenly spreading and the dried glue flakes right off. It’s great for edge gluing.
For box and dovetail joints, I still like the thinner acid brushes, though. And for slabs, the pinking sheared credit cards are great.

-- 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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#12 posted 02-01-2013 04:15 PM

For larger glue ups, I go straight from the bottle, but for smaller things I pour some glue into a little plastic container that held cheese or sour cream or something, and use my Rockler silicone glue brush. I love that thing, so easy to clean up. The container has a lid, so I just put the lid on when I’m done and reuse the glue. I get a little hardened glue film on the bottom of the container, but it’s a negligible amount.

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 11:46 PM

My glue comes in a bag. I use a brush straight from the pot. :-)

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#14 posted 02-01-2013 11:51 PM

Depends what you’re doing.

If i am laminating, like when I did the skateboard with my youngest, we had a small rubbermaid tub about the same size as a cake pan (13 X 9 X 2) with an airtight lid.

Inside was a 2 inch wide paint roller. Worked great, especially for a bunch of glue-ups to be vacuum bagged.

When on my own I usually douse the surface and use a notched scraper 1/16th used for gluing down vinyl floors.

If I am edge gluing boards of joints, I just use the bottle.

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#15 posted 02-02-2013 12:26 AM

I like the small and medium glue dispenser bottles. Even with the minimal waste, I still go through it by the gallon. My wife always says “Oh, you and your glue!”

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