I have been using these. They are reusable and great. But during a
carcas glue up the other day I could not control the amount of glue
running all over the place.
Rockler just came out with these:
which look much better. Seems if I put too much glue out, the brush will
spread it out more evenly without it dripping all over the place. Kind
of like my flux brushes used to do. Looks like a few of these will
replace the gross of flux brushes I used to get.
And the spreaders up top will still be handy...
I like the looks of that Rockler one. I've used silicone with wood glue
and the dried glue literally falls right off the stuff. I can't use a
flux brush without it leaving behind at least a few little hairs in the
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Been using one all week from Rockler. Gets my +1, FWIW.
Leon has what looks similar to the ones from LV ... they are great for
spreading glue in mortises, and a bit more flexible on the spade end
(opposite end from the brush) than on the Rockler version.
I find the best spreaders for large flat areas are expired credit cards,
"sample" credit cards that come in mailed ads, membership cards and point
collector cards. They come in various thicknesses which makes them good to
spread glue, they are easy to trim to get into tight areas and the glue
usually will peel off once it is dried. I get more than I can use from
I find that acid brushes work best in holes, dados and difficult areas.
Yep, I have a collection of expired cards.
I take a small needle file and put some little grooves in them sometimes
for very wide area gluing. Just to be sure there's enough glue there
when I clamp down hard, or put it in the vaccum bag.
On 4/13/2012 10:47 AM, EXT wrote:
On Friday, April 13, 2012 7:47:21 AM UTC-7, EXT wrote:
True dat. You can also get plastic sheet material at your local hobby
shop; the 0.020" thickness is a good approximation. If your glues,
though, aren't the water-based kind, they can soften the plastic.
Then, it's back to tongue depressors and popsicle sticks (and I've
pulled wood adjustment wedges from my stock, too).
For glues like the liquid-nails goo, those notched spreader things
intended for flooring are also quite useful. It's easier to control
the quantity per unit area that way.
On Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:35:02 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
I use a brush for mortises, but for edge gluing and large surfaces I always use a paint roller with a glue in a paint tray if I have a lot to do, or I just roll it in with what's called a brayer. I like the brayer because it leaves a nice even film of glue. I think most folks use way too much glue, at least from what I see in my shop.
I use a brush for mortises, but for edge gluing and large surfaces I always
use a paint roller with a glue in a paint tray if I have a lot to do, or I
just roll it in with what's called a brayer. I like the brayer because it
leaves a nice even film of glue. I think most folks use way too much glue,
at least from what I see in my shop.
================================================================================================================I use the brayer myself. Spreads nicely.
I have been using the multi colored plastic ones for years but strictly
to put glue down inside of a Domino mortise. It should work great for
biscuit slits also. They work great for that. I was never impressed
for spreading glue along a surface.
I use the acid brushes for spreading glue on surfaces.
Seems like the new Rockler bush might address both needs.
I'm happy with the smooth way the brush end of the Rockler applicator
spreads glue in dadoes and on panel edges, but careful you don't over
apply the glue at first, as the brush head holds a lot more than an acid
I prefer the flexibility of yours on the spreader end ... the Rockler is
a much stiffer; not as unyielding a stick, but pretty stiff.
Easily worth the $4, IMO ... if for nothing else but the ease of
cleaning and re-usability.
And for wide gluing surfaces.... I saw these about a year ago in a
cooking store. When I saw the Rockler brush a few months ago I thought
of this one..
I have one of those for spreading BBQ sauce. Never dawned on me to use
it for spreading glue until I picked up a couple of the Rockler glue
"tiredofspam" <nospam.nospam.com> wrote in message
As a poor person, I use watercolor brushes on my joints for doors and it
works well. Cost is about 10 cents each and I stick them into water when I
am finished and rinse them out later for reuse. Also, I like slower-setting
As far as glue running all over the place, there needs to be some
squeeze-out to assure one that there is enough glue, that the glue has not
set up partially, and that it goes into all areas. Usually, I just put a
bead on the edge and smooth it out with my fingers. I do this also on panel
I use rags and water for cleaning the excess. For me, I learned not to let
too much glue get to the place where the rail, stile, and panel meet on
doors, as it is sooo hard to clean. I have had no failures by leaving it
little bit dry in that place.
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