Monday, October 22, 2012

Glue bottle holder tutorial and second hip slated

At the Mini day out on Saturday I admired our instructor's glue bottle holder, and noticed that a number of women had various versions of the design.  Because I'm feeling sick and not up to much, but also bored and restless, I decided to make a version for myself!
Prototype glue bottle holder!

Materials list (for the wood I'm using actual measurements, not nominal). NB: these are just a guideline, of course, as I was grabbing scraps down in the workshop. I designed this for a 4 oz. (118 ml) round bottle -- if you travel with a 2 oz bottle and want a small portable holder, or want a holder for carpenter's glue in a square bottle with a thicker nozzle, adjust accordingly. 

BASE: 1 piece of pine: 75" x 2.5", 5" long  (2 cm x 6.5 cm x 12 cm long)
ANGLED SUPPORT: 1 piece of pine: 5/16" x 2.5" x 5.5" long) (1.25 cm x 6.5 cm x 14 cm long)

I cut one end of each piece at a 25º angle on the circular saw.  (If you don't want to bother with the angles or don't have the equipment you can make one with right angles, like this example from Cascade Miniatures

Showing the 25º angles a little better.
I marked out a curve on the non-angled end of the support (you can see from the photos that I did decide to angle the top end of the support later, for aesthetic reasons :)) This forms the niche in which the glue bottle will sit. I made this cut with a coping saw. I made it too shallow at first, which didn't hold the bottle as securely as I wanted.  I also found that it worked best if I coped the curve at a roughly 25º angle, too. 

I held the two pieces together and propped the glue bottle in place to mark where I wanted to drill my hole.  This hole will receive the tip of the bottle and keep the bottle in place.

I used a drill press and drilled a .5" hole -- it would have been better if it had been shallower (I was too lazy to adjust the press and drilled right through the base :)  I backed the hole with a scrap of wood and moved on with my life ...

Once everything was okay, I used wood glue and screws to attach the support to the base.  I should have drilled pilot holes, so my first screw split the wood, so don't do that :)  Nails would be fine, too. That's it!  It's practical, if not pretty, and I don't have to shake the darned glue bottle while I'm working.

I had received another order of slates from Richard Stacey, so I finished slating the second hip of my roof. I can now put it together if I'm feeling well enough tomorrow!


  1. Oh, thanks, Nina, this is a great idea! Love the slates on your roof.

  2. What an excellent and simple idea. Hope you're feeling better.

  3. Great tip on the glue stand. Thank you for sharing. I hope you feel better soon.


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