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    Glue spreaders

    What are your favorites? (besides your fingers, which is my 'go to')

    Especially interested in:

    Dominos, and corresponding mortises

    Edge glueup

    Large flat surfaces

    Do any of you use spreaders/applicators and how well do you like them?

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    Per my Dentist's recommendations we change out our toothbrushes regularly. The old ones migrate to my shop where they begin service as glue spreaders. The are less mess than using fingers. After application the brush ends get submerged in a plastic glass of water to dissolve out the glue and they are ready for the next glue job. If one gets all dried out, it goes to the trash.
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    Other than the aforementioned fingers, the little plastic paddles are my go-to. Several outfits have them. I bought some from Lee Valley a decade ago and have only used two of them. If you don't lose them they last quite a while. I see they do not list them anymore but, they are like Peachtree's item 3306.
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    Toothbrushes, acid brushes, broken-off pieces of hacksaw blade.

    If using epoxy, the tools get washed with vinegar, then Gojo Orange, then Dawn dish soap and then dried for the next use.

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    I use wooden coffee stir sticks for small surfaces, for larger surfaces I use silicone basting brushes from the dollar store. If I forget to wipe the glue off the end of the stick I just cut 1/2" off the end with wire cutters, glue doesn't stick to the silicone brushes so if I forget to rinse them it just peels off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Other than the aforementioned fingers, the little plastic paddles are my go-to. Several outfits have them. I bought some from Lee Valley a decade ago and have only used two of them. If you don't lose them they last quite a while. I see they do not list them anymore but, they are like Peachtree's item 3306.
    I use those same plastic paddles as well. I love 'em.
    And there was trouble, taking place...

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    Normally use my fingers.
    I use disposable chopsticks. You can cut them into chisel shapes to get rid of squeeze out. Can use it multiple times, just cut off the end that's all glued up. If you're REALLY cheap like I am, wash off the used ones and use that. Couple bucks get you a batch of 50 or so.

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    On edge glue-ups, I just use my finger as a guide, and run a bead of glue the proper size down the center of the board. Must be right, as I get little beads of glue on both sides of the joint. On tenons, and door frames I use acid brushes. Keep a bit of water in a cup to drop the brushes in, and change off as the brushes get stiff.

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    I use my finger to. At least up to now. I just got one of the new silicone glue brushes from Klingspor. Now I just let the glue dry and pull it off (PVA). I also use old credit cards for spreading on large areas.
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    For large surfaces, I use an ink brayer.

    For edges, I use a silicone glue brush.

    For tight spaces, I often use an acid brush, sometimes trimmed.

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    Hotel door key cards, coffee stir sticks shaped to match need, acid brushes cut off a bit, mostly fingers.

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    I have acid brushes for small stuff and the Rockler assorted set of silicone spreaders.

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    if you're asking for bigger scale, and willing to spend some money, consider a Pizzi glue pressure pot. i have one, with a bunch of applicators for veneering, edge gluing, dominos, etc., and at this point i couldn't live without it. granted, it's perhaps overkill for a hobbyist, but for larger projects i've found it invaluable.

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    I like the Rockler silicone paddle/brush, too, for M&T and finger joints. For epoxy on M&T joints I mostly use disposable acid brushes. For veneering large surfaces I use plastic resin glue and a uniform coat of glue is key to success. For that I have been using disposable foam roll covers, cut in half so they are 4-1/2" wide. But they consume 60 gms of resin each so I just ordered a silicone glue roller that I hope works so I waste less glue. https://www.amazon.com/DCT-Silicone-...-1-spons&psc=1 When I veneer with epoxy I use a plastic Bondo type spreader that I cut shallow notches in.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John TenEyck View Post
    I like the Rockler silicone paddle/brush, too, for M&T and finger joints. For epoxy on M&T joints I mostly use disposable acid brushes. For veneering large surfaces I use plastic resin glue and a uniform coat of glue is key to success. For that I have been using disposable foam roll covers, cut in half so they are 4-1/2" wide. But they consume 60 gms of resin each so I just ordered a silicone glue roller that I hope works so I waste less glue. https://www.amazon.com/DCT-Silicone-...-1-spons&psc=1 When I veneer with epoxy I use a plastic Bondo type spreader that I cut shallow notches in.

    John
    I have that glue roller and use it often. Works great for me, although I sometimes wish it was larger. I don't use it to apply glue, just to spread it out once it's squeezed out on the surface.

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