small workshop ideas #9: Christmas Gift Treat Yourself to a Gallon

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 12-05-2018 01:59 PM 1563 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my mini rant on economics and lessons learned. Buy the Gallon it is worth it.
l. I was gluing together another cutting board and had thrown out the old gallon from 2014…clearly not so good at 4 years old. talk about being frugal..oh my.
2. So I had bought a new 16 oz Titebond II for about $6 and found after some steps it was half empty. Now in my mind , I am old but seriously , it was half empty. 20 wood strips of gluing had used half the bottle.
3. So I proceeded to recheck the prices and evaluate my use and refilling my homemade bottles.
Here is the facts.
My local home store ….One gallon—128 oz—- $18 is equal to in amounts 8 of the 16 oz bottles. now even my oldguy math says $6×8 = $48 lets not forget the tax wherever you live and the one 1 gallon is $18 and could refill that bottle 8 times.
4. Sooooo currently in my shop is a new gallon labeled with a sharpie the date of purchase and price. Label the date as you should figure about 3 years of shelf life. I like to refill about 3 different size containers with varied spouts. Then I cover the top with a plastic baggie and the cap the gallon of glue to seal it better.
5. I figure in my home shop about 1 to 2 projects a month at the best sometimes less since I have another job. so this gallon could last me another 3 years. Not bad for the dollars invested and the cost.

Treat Yourself Buy the Gallon.

Woodsmith had an article on how to read the dates stamped on the bottles, even on the smaller sizes, some are a year old on the store shelves. or search this topic.

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 03:15 PM

That’s what I usually do – even though I use far less of it that you do. I also have to remember to take the glue into the house when it’s going to be really cold so it won’t freeze in the shop.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 04:26 PM

Great stuff to consider. Thanks.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 12-06-2018 05:37 AM

Glad read this. It reminded me I left my bottle of glue in the garage. It’s headed to 4 degrees tonight. It’s warming up now on the kitchen counter. Thanks.

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#4 posted 12-06-2018 04:02 PM

Then I cover the top with a plastic baggie and the cap the gallon of glue to seal it better.

Even with a tight seal, there’s a lot of oxygen already in a partly empty gallon bottle. You might get a longer shelf life by splitting the whole gallon at once into smaller bottles that are all filled to the top.

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