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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 04-06-2015 08:44 PM 1212 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2015 08:44 PM

Are there any tools in your shop that help you a lot with spreading, applying, or storing glue? I’m still in the building process of the shop and I’m getting tired of just using my fingers and a wet rag, or small artist brush. Please let me know if there’s anything you can think of that would be invaluable in my new shop.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 09:13 PM

I take thin rip scraps and cut them up into 8” lengths and put them in an empty peach can. They make great spreaders and are endlessly renewable.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 09:28 PM

For spreading:
Hotel room keys (plastic credit card ones, not the metal ones). I get a lot of phony credit cards in the mail. Some are even perforated and have to be popped out of something, they are the best, the perfs leave rows of glue. The plastic cards are great for working epoxy into the surface. They are free in both cases.

I have 2 of the Silicone type brushes, but use the cards more.

A gluebot is great for storage, and the glue seems to stay fresh…I have to pull hardened glue off the nozzle after a couple weeks of not using it, but other than that they are great.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 12:21 AM

Rubber rollers, notched trowels and flux brushes are the main tools we use.

-- See my work at and

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#4 posted 04-07-2015 02:01 AM

I saw a tip on youtube and it’s really great. Take a worn out foam brush, tear off the foam there’s a plastic paddle
in there and it’s great for spreading glue. When that’s worn out save the handle for a dowel plug and throw the plastic paddle away.

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#5 posted 04-07-2015 02:23 AM

I’ve used the thin scraps already mentioned. I also bought a few packs of the small acid brushes from Harbor Freight. Just looked at 36 pack is $2.99.

The fake credit cards from junk mail is great idea!

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#6 posted 04-07-2015 02:26 AM

Put a little wax around the threads of the gluebot and you can refill

them a lot easier.

Great idea on the junk CC. Nice

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#7 posted 04-07-2015 02:30 AM

I have tried various methods. This is my favorite:

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#8 posted 04-07-2015 03:01 AM

I have a couple of “rubber-like” acrylic basting brushes from WalMart. Just like the more expensive ones from Rockler, etc., only significantly less expensive. Once the glue dries, you can peel it right off.

I also have a couple of hotel key cards that I cut an edge with pinking shears leaving a series of triangles along the edge. Great for spreading glue across broad areas.

Another solution is foam brushes. Once I’ve finished painting with them, I peel the foam off them leaving a wood handle with a plastic stiffener. great for spreading the glue. Once these are worn, remove the plastic and you have a useful dowel.

You can also get new, empty ketchup or mustard bottles at WalMart. Great for storing glue that I refill from gallon jugs.

As has already been pointed out, inexpensive acid brushes from Harbor Freight are very useful in spreading epoxy, then throwing them away once they’ve hardened.

Cheap solutions.


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#9 posted 04-07-2015 03:55 AM

You guys steal your hotel key cards? I always return mine when I check out!

I use the harbor freight acid brushes also. If I am doing a lot of glueing I put the brush in a plastic bag and can use it for a couple of days. If you put them in a plastic bag in the freezer they will last even longer.

I will have to start saving all those fake credit cards now that I know what to use them for!

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#10 posted 04-07-2015 04:04 AM

For brushes go to a place like bed bath and beyond and get some silicone basting brushes. Same thing as the ones from rockler except not as expensive.

I bought one with a steel handle that is removable and made a nice wooden handle for it. Works great. Buy a bunch.

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#11 posted 04-07-2015 04:28 AM

I also use hotel key cards. I’ve never intentionally stolen one, but when you stay in 3 different hotels a week, you’re bound to forget to give them back every once in a while!

I don’t have a rockler silicone brush, but I have one from Woodcraft. It’s similar, but the bristles were too long. I had to cut them down. Works pretty well for $1! I do prefer the hotel key cards though.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#12 posted 04-07-2015 04:47 AM

I’ve always been fond if using my index finger to spread it. It is messy though. I find with flat objects i tend to get uneven spots. Probably just me lol.

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#13 posted 04-07-2015 09:24 AM

I used to use the thin scrap pieces too, but I found a cheap roller on Amazon and it works so much better.

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#14 posted 04-07-2015 12:15 PM

Awesome new product for spreading glue: cutoffs. they come in many standard sizes and nonstandard sizes.

I use acid brushes sometimes too.

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#15 posted 04-07-2015 03:37 PM

For small mortises I use Q tips. Larger mortises I use tongue depressors. For most other jobs I use my fingers.

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