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post #1 of 38 Old 09-11-2017, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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I got to wondering and thought that I would post it here. Do any of you use a hot glue gun in your shop and if so, what sort of jobs do you use it for. Just a curiosity thing for me.

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I use one occasionally however only for something not structural at all or maybe to hold something together until some other adhesive dries.

I worked for a company in the 1970's that had one that used an adhesive more similar to an edgebanding machine. We put decorative molding around raised panels as a wall decoration. When it cooled you couldn't get that molding off without heating it with a heat gun. I wish I had paid more attention to what it was. If it's still made it would be a very handy addition to any shop.
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The hot melt glue you get from a $1.98 plastic hobby glue gun is a far cry from industrial applications where the glue is applied by machinery worth thousands of dollars.
I see no real use for a hobby glue gun in a woodworking shop, they are strictly a tool for the craft hobby. It is virtually impossible to glue two parts together and get the joint tight before the glue sets.

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The hot melt glue you get from a $1.98 plastic hobby glue gun is a far cry from industrial applications where the glue is applied by machinery worth thousands of dollars.
I see no real use for a hobby glue gun in a woodworking shop, they are strictly a tool for the craft hobby. It is virtually impossible to glue two parts together and get the joint tight before the glue sets.
Thats only true if you need a PERMANENT bond. If you ever need to temporarily hold 2 things together, hot glue is awesome. I keep one in my shop for temporary jigs and fixtures. Its not too difficult to get a pretty good bond too, in case i ever need something semi-permanent
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The hot melt glue you get from a $1.98 plastic hobby glue gun is a far cry from industrial applications where the glue is applied by machinery worth thousands of dollars.
I see no real use for a hobby glue gun in a woodworking shop, they are strictly a tool for the craft hobby. It is virtually impossible to glue two parts together and get the joint tight before the glue sets.
While I agree with you that it is not applicable for permanent woodworking applications, I am asking for for things like......temporarily gluing 45 degree corners on to a round blank in order to stabilize it while cutting it with the bandsaw. I used one on the weekend to turn a smaller piece on the lathe that I had no way of chucking it up because it was too small so I hot glued it to another larger piece, did my turning and then separated them. There are plenty of uses for a glue gun in a woodworking shop as long as it is not for permanent applications. Use the proper adhesive for the woodworking but there are other uses and I'm sure the members here have some experiences with them.
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hello kenbo

ı use this device for wood plastic model you have got hot glue gun you need station you can look my second procet bye bye....
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Prior to my retirement, I had the opportunity to go through many cabinet manufacturers plants and see they're processes. Hot glue is used a lot in high production manufacturing. It's impressive how well some of the Industrial Hot Glues hold.
I only use a touch of hot glue on drawer bottoms which are also dadoed into the front, back and sides.
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I use it quite a bit when just tacking things together with the air brad nailer. Not everything I ever make is intended to last forever and survive the nuclear holocaust.. It's also handy for a nice little friction hold occasionally.
It's really not designed to hold the guy up with a hard hat glued to the overhead beam.. I always thought they cheated in those ads anyway..Not that I distrust advertisers. They can't say things if they're not true.

What? Harbor Freight tools really DON'T beat Dewalt? I would be absolutely shocked to learn HF has ever stretched the boundaries of honesty and integrity!
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I use hot glue for holding shims and material in place on my planer sled.
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I used to use it sometimes, but my wife borrowed it about 15 years ago, and I ain't seen it since LOL

But it was handy for temp stuff
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I use it quite a bit when just tacking things together with the air brad nailer. Not everything I ever make is intended to last forever and survive the nuclear holocaust.. It's also handy for a nice little friction hold occasionally.
It's really not designed to hold the guy up with a hard hat glued to the overhead beam.. I always thought they cheated in those ads anyway..Not that I distrust advertisers. They can't say things if they're not true.

What? Harbor Freight tools really DON'T beat Dewalt? I would be absolutely shocked to learn HF has ever stretched the boundaries of honesty and integrity!
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I used to use it sometimes, but my wife borrowed it about 15 years ago, and I ain't seen it since LOL

But it was handy for temp stuff
Did you lose the wife or the glue gun?
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Did you lose the wife or the glue gun?

Glue gun, I will never lose this wife, for me the best woman that ever walked on earth
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I use hot glue to work on small pieces .
Glue them to bigger pieces to make it safer.
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I kind of wish my 88 year old pop had kept the receipts for everything that was supposed to have had a lifetime warranty just to see how many of them are actually honored..
How about this one, Your money back if you're not absolutely delighted..
I really can't think of too many things that absolutely delight me.. That's a pretty broad statement..That cheap chewing gum didn't actually give me the greatest orgasm of all time.
I'm sorry. I'm somewhat delighted, but not absolutely..
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Sometimes the dado for the bottom of a drawer is too wide for the thickness of the bottom's material (re-using a side or operator error). To keep the bottom tight to the part of the dado that's visible to users and to stop rattle, I like to inject spots of hot glue from the bottom...makes a spacer that's entirely invisible.
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Sometimes the dado for the bottom of a drawer is too wide for the thickness of the bottom's material (re-using a side or operator error). To keep the bottom tight to the part of the dado that's visible to users and to stop rattle, I like to inject spots of hot glue from the bottom...makes a spacer that's entirely invisible.
Im with you on this as I mentioned above.
Some 1/4" plywood is now less than 1/4".
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The biggest thing I have against a hot glue gun is the glue never stops coming out. You leave it on the bench plugged in and you have a pile of glue on the gun and bench. I also hate the cob webs you get all over the place after using the gun for a while.
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If anyone finds a glue gun that will stand up on it's own, not fall over and drip glue everywhere, post a link please.
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I used to have a friend (he turned out to be a thief so no longer a friend) who made a mold for a dildo (I assume for his wife although that's debatable) and filled it with hot glue and from what I hear it worked splendidly..
I never tried it nor touched the darn thing.. I did see it though..

Hey! Don't be giving me those suspicious looks! It's possible that I've just saved someone's marriage with this post. lol

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