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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Glue Gun Holder

Somethings can be very frustrating, like when your glue gun sticks to your work surface.
  I won't mention what happens to the work surface after trying to peel off the glue gun and the glue  (>_<)
  I was cruizin a post that was featured on Craft: Daily and came across this awesome little project.  It made promises of an unblemished table......(^_^)
Thanks to Karen at
The Art Of Doing Stuff
 for showing me a few keyboard emoticons!

The Amazing Glue Gun Holder


  I changed my pattern up, but the outcome is the same!
Materials needed:

I cut this all from scraps of wood.
I used a 6x6 tile....if you use a smaller one, you could make your holder smaller!
1 pc. 3/4 inch plywood or MDF: 11 x 8
1 pc. 1/4 inch plywood or MDF: 11 x 8
1 pc. 3/4 inch plywood or MDF: 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 one side cut on an angle.
glue
screws

I cut the edge of the plywood on an angle.  This will make the holder for the glue gun.   I made my angle cut first for safety as I didn't want to run a tiny piece of plywood through the table saw.    I  cut the other piece from this scrap too.  My 1/4 inch piece was cut at the same time to ensure an exact fit.  (Every time I made a cut on the 3/4 inch piece, I did the same to the 1/4 inch piece before I changed my guide on the table saw.  This ensures and exact fit of the  11 x 8 pieces.)
I placed the tile on top of the 1/4 inch MDF, where it would be in the finished position and traced around it.

Drilled the four corners so I could fit my jigsaw in there to cut out an inside square.
Voila!

I  placed the 1/4 inch wood on top of the 3/4 inch plywood and marked the center of the cutout onto the 3/4 inch  piece.  I drilled a hole in the 3/4 inch ply.  This is used to pop the tile out for cleaning.  You can just stick your finger through the bottom of the plywood and push the tile out.

The glue gun holder is marked on the straight side.  This will create the hole that the glue gun will sit in.
I used a large bit for the round part of the hole.  This ensures a better curve than my unsteady hands with a jigsaw.  I used the jigsaw to cut the straight part of the cuts.

These are the parts that you should have.

Assembly was done with glue.  The 1/4 inch wood was place on top of the 3/4 inch plywood so that the finger hole is centered in the square cutout of the 1/4 inch piece.    I propped the glue gun holder part (5 1/2 x 5 1/2piece) using what I had on hand, which turned out to be the glue bottle for one and a spray pump bottle for the other.

I drilled two pilot hole up through the bottom at an angle to firmly secure the holder to the base.
I countersunk the screws so they won't scratch the surface of your work area.
The unpainted finished product!

I painted them both a bright color so they are easily spotted in the clutter of a craft room!

Tile is popped into place after paint dries and your glue gun is ready for action.


This is one of the first ones I made.  I put nail tacks on each corner to hold the 1/4 inch plywood to the 3/4 inch plywood.  I realized this was not necessary so I didn't bother to do it on the last two I made.

Now I am ready for a glue gun party.
  People have those, right?

Cheers!

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13 comments:

  1. This super fantastic! Love love it. You just read my mind Karen. Right now I am going crazy with my glue gun. Pin it Monday hop #3 is now open. I hope you could stop by and share your glue gun project.

    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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  2. Id go to that party! They came out great I may have to copy these!!!!! Fantastic :)

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  3. Fantastic Idea! My glue gun is always falling over...the flimsy one that came with it just doesn't do the trick. Found you at the Pin It Party-- hope you'll stop by in the morning and link up to Manic Monday. :)

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  4. Wow this is really creative. This inspire me to make one. I don't like the dripping glue; sometimes accidentally mess my work. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Visiting from http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com on Pin It Monday Hop #3

    Regards, Marge @www.margegoh.blogspot.com

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  5. Great post. I need to make one of these! I found you via Pin-It-Monday. New follower
    Handmade at Warratahstree

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  6. You are so clever! I love this idea. Have to pin it. :) Sharon

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  7. Wow Karen, what a neat project, I love it! You know, I don't have a table saw, I need one, those angled cuts are getting to be something I need to conquer, but deep down inside I'm a bit scared of table saws! :)

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  8. Did you make an extra one of these for me? I'd come for a glue gun shoot out!

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  9. Stopping by from It's a Steal. Pretty handy idea and your directions are great! I've been using a piece of cardboard, I could really use of of these ~ Amy from StowandTellU

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  10. Found you on the It's A Steal Linky party!
    What a great idea, I may have to find an hand woodworker to make one of these for me!
    Mrs. Lopez of Loving Life In Pink

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  11. Oh I need one of these!!! So cool! xx Nat

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Cheers to great words!