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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-25-2021 07:39 PM 1089 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple things I made to make work easier in the shop.

The first one is a block of teak to hold my metric Allen wrenches. They were connected to ring with springs all around it and I had to unwind one from a spring whenever I wanted to use it. Not any more!

The second one is a tool to pull the top of the TiteBond glue bottles straight up. The third shot shows why I need it. I continually refill my glue bottle from a gallon and don’t have the grip I used to have . When that glue snout gets hard to pull up, I had to use something( like a screwdriver) to get it to lift and that was from one side so eventually the snout split from the off center force. I saw another project by an LJ that used a lever to do this but I went with a straight puller that I could get my hand on. There are some shots of how I made it. I used a flat piece of steel and a couple blocks of walnut.

Both are finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-25-2021 07:44 PM

nice helpers jim sometimes it’s the simplist things that give the most benefit.i find myself with that same problem getting the glue bottles open.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-25-2021 07:44 PM

Jim that’s one reason I went to squeeze bottles with those little red caps. That is a nifty looking tool.

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#3 posted 04-25-2021 08:04 PM

We all need that helper for the glue bottle sooner or later, nice work Jim. My chunk of 2×4 doesn’t look as good as your Teak for holding tools.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 04-25-2021 08:18 PM

Gonna steal- I mean borrow- that glue bottle opener! Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 04-25-2021 08:53 PM

Both are great ideas, organization and assistance.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 04-25-2021 09:31 PM

very practical tools Jim. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 04-25-2021 09:50 PM

Nice projects Jim.
Every project, that makes work become more a flow, are winners in my book.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 04-25-2021 09:51 PM

I always felt like a weakling when it came time to open my glue bottle. The bottle opener is a great idea! Better than the needle nose pliers I use to pop the top on my glue bottle’s.
I did the same thing with my Allen wrenches. All great ideas Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 04-25-2021 10:07 PM

More great goodies!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 04-25-2021 10:54 PM

And I thought over the years they were just putting the pull tops on the bottles on tighter. Maybe it’s me all along. Nice little adds for your shop.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 04-25-2021 11:25 PM

Nice bit of woodworking and bonus metalworking too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 04-25-2021 11:30 PM

As my thumbs get weaker, a need for that glue opener will be needed soon. I’m tired of using the pliers.
My idea of allen wrenches are a tin with 100’s of miscellaneous ones.
Very valuable ideas.

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

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#13 posted 04-26-2021 12:49 AM

Great Work Jim. I understand exactly what you are saying. Excellent Tool for the Job.
The Holder for the Metric Allen Wrenches is a good idea too.. I must look at doing something like that as all my Allen Keys are in a small plastic box with a lid.
Good Project Jim. Very Practical.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 04-26-2021 01:22 AM

Jim your Allen wrench holder is way nicer than my styrofoam block! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 04-26-2021 01:42 AM

Glue top remover – genius I tell you, genius!

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