The Doctor method for applying a neat, even layer of glue to small parts


I use this method to apply glue to small parts like braces, bridges and such. Much neater than using a brush, and you know the glue thickness is consistent.

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i like it.

Not to be critical, but what kind of sick person not want glue dripping and running allover the place? LOL it's dening you of your inner child, when coloring inside the lines wasn't an option or the ice cream cone/ sloppy sandwich running down your wrist. Its part of the experience and joy of life. Like when your wife finds the glue and dirt you just track across the kitchen floor and carpet. 

This is a  great idea! Who knows it might save your life!

Great idea!  I'd use one of those credit cards we always get in the mail.

Another wonderful little gem of knowledge to tuck away in your bag of tricks to simplify life in the shop!

Hi, this maybe an idea to glue parts like a bridge, as that just one opporation and clamp it up an move on. But even then it would mean scraping up the unused glue and putting it back in the bottle, or letting what's left on the surface go to waste. But then my method has waste too but not so much. Also how would one go gluing a fingerboard to a neck, thats a large area of glue to spread out.

Gluing braces would not work for me as I glue all my braces pretty much at the same time. This means applying glue, placing in position, applying clamping pressure then moving on to the next brace. My concern would be that the glue spread out on the sheet surface would soon form a skin on top before I got too far.

My procedure, perfected over time over hundreds of braces, as an example, is as follows:

Brace say 7mm wide, thin bead of glue (1mm wide) run down the centre from end to end, I run my finger along one edge pushing glue to the far edge whilst wiping excess off, turn the brace around and run finger down opposite edge whilst wiping a little more access off leaving most glue in centre of brace. When clamped I will rarely get any squeeze out, so no clean up. I use the finger method for bridges and a plastic spreader for fingerboards. Alway more than one way to skin a cat, they say.



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