• 2. Measure depth of glue bottle spout.
    2. Measure depth of glue bottle spout.

How often do you get to finish a complete container of glue? Unless it’s a big job and I use it all in one go, the answer to the above question, for me, is not very often.

Generally it’s because the remainder of the glue sets hard in the container before I get around to using it. This regularly used to occur for me with tinned contact cement and while I’m on the subject just getting a small amount of liquid out of the tin can be a messy business.

Or does this sound familiar? You are just about to finish the crucial glue-up, all is ready and in place, you reach for the squeeze glue bottle, and remove the top only to be greeted with dried and hardened adhesive bunging up the spout!

You spend the next 5 or 10 minutes looking around for something long, thin and sharp to shove down the offending blocked orifice. Then, as you attempt to unblock it, you increase the diameter of the hole by a few millimetres, so now, when you go to use it, the stuff floods out instead of giving you a nice narrow controlled bead.

The photos below show two ideas which can alleviate many of the frustrations caused by the above scenarios. Just hover your mouse over them to read the captions.

• Piece of scrap timber as shown
• 25mm spade bit
• Drill
• 2.5mm nail
• Masking tape
• Marker or ballpoint pen

Steve Hay presents Woodworking Masterclass on 31 Digital, TVS, C31, 44 and WTV. Find out more from www.woodworkingmasterclass.com

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