Glue caddy

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-15-2018 01:31 PM 1994 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While working on my box for the box swap I kept having bottles of glue in the way. Once I shipped off the box, I started to clean up my workbench, and discovered over ten bottles of glue, plus a couple bottles of dye and other liquids that really need to be corralled into a single place. So I built a glue caddy.

I started by mitering the corners in some half-inch poplar, using my miter jack and glued the sides onto the bottom (another piece of poplar I had resawed to 3/8” last summer) . Then I cut some dovetailed splines. I cut the splines themselves out of a scrap piece of walnut, then cut the slots for them to match. Glued them in, and started building an insert to separate the various glue bottles and keep them from tipping over. Sawed the splines off flush, broke all the edges with a block-plane, then finished it with a coat of BLO, two coats of platina shellac, and a coat of orange shellac.

Should do the job, and it looks pretty good, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 04-15-2018 03:12 PM

Very nice looking caddy. Also a good idea to keep it all together. Because who wants to go looking for that small bottle of special glue you cannot remember when or where you used it last?


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 04-15-2018 03:22 PM

Good idea, Dave. I currently keep all of my glue in an old printer paper box. I’ve been meaning to make a wall hung glue caddy that I can remove and carry into the house when the temperature drops below freezing.

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#3 posted 04-15-2018 04:18 PM

That’s a nice piece of work!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#4 posted 04-15-2018 04:25 PM

Dave you won’t get stuck searching for glue with that :) Nice caddy!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 04-15-2018 04:46 PM

The other thing I like about having a caddy is that the small bottle of CA glue I use a lot is top-heavy. It’s nearly always tipped over on its side, and I’ve had it leak out onto my bench a couple times. It’s no fun when you discover a puddle of CA glue by putting your hand or a tool down into it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 04-15-2018 06:37 PM

Very needed tool that most of us never take the time to build. I like the dove tail spline and I bet they were fun to cut by hand on those corners.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 07:22 PM

Neil, I was almost surprised at how easy they were. Used my 14” carcasse saw, and cutting those dovetails in poplar was like a hot knife in butter. “Am I straight? Oh! I’m DONE!” But it was very satisfying just tapping the splines home to test fit, and thinking they were a little tight. Then they slid in like magic with a little glue to lubricate the process. It was one of the best shop sessions I’ve had where everything (except one cut of the waste with the coping saw) went just like it’s supposed to.

More like that, please!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-15-2018 08:12 PM

Very cool! I need to make a caddy ASAP!

-- Jim Niehaus

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#9 posted 04-15-2018 09:49 PM

That’s one good way to keep all the glue in one place. Spilling glue and finding it later all over the place sucks.
You are getting good at those hand cut dovetails Dave and a projects like this are great for trying new things.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 04-15-2018 09:52 PM

Thanks Jim.

Exactly, Dave. Canary yellow TransTint isn’t fun to find all over, either.

I’m getting there, the one corner you can’t see is the boogery one. And yeah, shop projects are good practice.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 04-15-2018 10:07 PM

Good idea you got there. I know you had fun with this one while you quietly practiced for other things to come.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#12 posted 04-15-2018 10:59 PM

Thats’ a great idea. I’ll have to build one myself. Simple design and straight forward construction, couldn’t be better. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#13 posted 04-15-2018 11:14 PM

Dave – Nice work, and quick too. No more knocking over the glue. Now you need a bigger bench to hold all of your tools and your glue caddy.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 04-15-2018 11:54 PM

Thanks, Vernon. Yeah, I have fun learning new tricks.

Joe, the only thing I did that wasn’t completely straightforward is that the long sides of the box were 4” stock, while the short sides were 3”. So the bottom is only held on two sides (and probably the wrong two if I’m accounting for wood movement), and it just sits in a rabbet. Oh well. If it comes apart this summer in the high humidity, I’ll put together another, and have a good reminder to think about wood movement first. But I was using up leftovers from my dovetailing practice poplar.

Earl, I’ve got a saw till and plane till up next. But the glue caddy takes up about half as much room as all the loose glue bottles, and that’s not even taking the spills into account.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 04-16-2018 12:05 AM

Really nice Dave! That thing won’t come apart with the splines. I was wondering why there was a gap on the ends. I thought it was a design feature that had a purpose I wasn’t aware of.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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