Cheap Tricks #1: Glue Spreaders

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 05-31-2010 07:29 PM 3902 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I know everyone out there has some of their own money saving tips and tricks. I thought I would try to share a few of the ones I use. This idea came to me today while wandering around one of my favorite stores, trying to find items to put in my discount shopping bag.

I saw a package of plastic glue spreaders for sale for $3.50 (per 6), I have read of guys using old credit cards and such and I have a few of them in my box but the items I found that seems to work well serves two purposes in finishing. Poly foam brushes, once I am done using them to finish with I let them dry out then strip the foam head off. They generally have a plastic piece to hold the shape of the head which makes great a glue spreader. I have also used them as stirrers for my finishes and have started to tape them to the sides of the can once dried so i can use the same one again.


The best part is these are usually on sale at various places for like 10 cents each and I get to use them for more then just glue up. Also come in handy as wooden dowel pins.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 07:43 PM

Great tip Chris I’ll remember that one thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 05-31-2010 08:26 PM

You’re a good scavenger! love it.


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#3 posted 05-31-2010 08:59 PM

great tip

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 09:25 PM

thank´s for the tip Chris


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#5 posted 05-31-2010 09:42 PM

I never knew what to do with those darn things once the head came off… great tip!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 01:01 AM

And I thought I was cheap (frugal?)! Great idea!

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 01:45 AM

I use the fake credit cards that I get in the mail, have a stack of them, but two days ago, needed to spread Poly glue (industrial gorilla) over a large surface, and use a piece of scrap wood.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 04:28 AM

Use and reuse. Great tip. Thanks.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 04:50 AM

I love this trick! I’ve also been known to cut the gluey part off of a foam brush and keep using it until it’s just the plastic bit… :o

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 05:21 AM

send that tip in to one of the magazines. that tip is worthy of a prize. your a thinker.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 05:27 AM

An extra tip. Take a pinking shears and trim the end off about a quarter of an inch. This will give you a notched trowel effect. I find it a better way to spread the glue for big glue ups.

-- Gary D.

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 04:07 AM

Thanks all. Hope it is a great help.
David, Never really thought of submitting as a tip. But I have now. Worth a try.
Gary, thanks for the additional tip. Looks like I may have to go find my wife’s stash of scrapbooking sciscors.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 05:20 AM

Congrats on the magizine tip.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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