Used to get the acid brushes from Peachtree, back when the woodworking
shows were in vogue around here. The last few years I just pick them up
at Rockler and have not had any shedding problems, and I do go through a
bunch of them.
Agreed, even though I like the silicone glue brush concept, the
disposable acid brushes are hard to beat for many glue-up, particularly
on smaller parts.
I extend their life by simply putting them in plastic glass half full of
water after use, good for around a week on so. When the metal starts
rusting, or the water dries up, both go in the trash and it's on to the
I don't have much of a problem with that... an occasional hair yes, bunches
no. I typically give a light tug to check for and remove loose bristles as
needed. I have also been known to take scissors and even up the ends of the
bristles if they aren't close to even and I'm doing "precision gluing."
I've also cut the bristles very short at times when trying to put a little
glue in a hard to reach place.
I bought a lot of them at Woodworkers Warehouse years ago and they were
fine. The last ones I got from Brownell's Gunsmith Supply and they seem fine
too. That said, it would not surprise me at all to find that others shed
I keep my acid brush/glue spreader outer in a tall hard plastic cup with
about 1" of water. I am very familiar with what you are talking about.
If you pour the water out and let the excess evaporate the regular
TiteBond type glue will harden and capture the brush. I pull the brush
out and the solid hunk of cured glue pops right out. The brush is toast
but the cup is fine and clean.
"tiredofspam" wrote in message
I have a jar that I use to clean my brushes, glue rollers and whatever
else I use to spread glue.
It's filled with water and gets pretty slimy/gunky at the bottom. If I
keep the stuff off the bottom it won't require anything but hitting the
stuff with an air gun to dry and then re-use. It gets so scummy quickly
that I have to clean them.
I am looking for something that keeps things off the bottom. Preferably
_like_ a grid from a flour. light box only way smaller that I can cut to
fit in the bottom of the jar.
Anyone got any ideas what I am looking for...
It would have to be small enough mesh not to allow for the brush
bristles to fall through.
Mount hardware cloth (perhaps to the rim of a large mouth jar) with big
enough mesh that the brush part and metal shaft would easily fit
through, and wrap a rubber band around the metal shaft, and high enough
so it would suspend just the bristles in the water.
Lots of ways to attack the problem ...
Yep, and that is fixable.
Just put two screens offset by 45degrees... if the cloth is too big.
I think I have some smaller cloth though...
I'm hoping the galv. will be good enough to prevent a lot of rust except
where cut. I could always paint it too...
But I think the hardware cloth is a great solution..
Just bend down the sides to keep it off the bottom and I'm done...
Pics to follow once I getr done.
This was a great solution... at least for now.
I was going to take the hardware cloth and set two layers at a bias.
But then I realized I needed to bind the two.
then it hit me just to use electric motor winding or transformer wire to
add the bias in.
Pics here: http://imgur.com/a/wLzRs#0
Thanks CW, great idea. I think this might work...
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