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If you do any crafting at all, a glue gun is most likely a tool that you own. Glue guns come with a built-in metal stand that I’ve found doesn’t work well; It’s annoying to be in the middle of a craft project using a glue gun that won’t stay upright. A few years ago I found the solution to my problem: I made a DIY glue gun holder that works like a charm to keep my glue gun upright while I am crafting.
I’m joining my Power Tool Challenge Team girls today to share projects that you can make using one board. I actually made this glue gun holder in 2013 and thought that I’d share it again for this challenge since I find it to be so useful.
This was one of my first woodworking projects and Mr. SP patiently helped me with it. I got the idea from One Project Closer and followed their directions.
Here’s a recap of my version:
1. I started by cutting pieces of wood to a length that worked with my glue gun and a tile that I had on-hand. (Two pieces of wood are shown because I made two glue gun holders.)
2. A piece of wood was cut for the glue gun holder with an angle on one end. Draw a line vertically down this piece to mark where the “U” will go to hold the glue gun.
3. The bottom of the U for the glue gun holder was made with a forstner bit.
4. Cut along the lines with a jigsaw to complete the U. (I used my granddad’s vintage band saw!)
5. All of the pieces were sanded smooth.
6. A template for routing was made by drawing a center line down a piece of luan and then tracing the tile on the luan.
7. The template was completed with a band saw. (This is a modern one!)
8. Use a router to route out a recessed place for the tile and then drill a hole so that the tile can easily come out for cleaning. The angled piece to hold the glue gun was first glued in place and when dry was screwed from the bottom to be sure that it was secure.
9. Paint the glue gun holder and then it is ready to be used.
Can you believe that this glue gun holder has been used for almost 3 1/2 years? All I had to do before I took this picture was to clean the dried glue off of the tile with a razor blade and then remove the glue residue with acetone.
I can’t tell you how handy I find my glue gun holder. It’s great that the holder keeps my glue gun upright and the tile catches all of the messy glue drips.
The goal of our monthly power tool challenge is to encourage women to not be afraid to use power tools. I am one of the least mechanically inclined people that you will ever meet and if I can learn to use power tools, you can as well!
Each month our team has a theme for our challenge and I really enjoy coming up with a project that is both fun to make and useful. Here are the projects that I’ve shared since we started this monthly challenge a year ago:
Back to School: How to Use a Jigsaw to Make a Wooden Sign
Fall: DIY Wood Clock
Organize: DIY Wood Crate Key Organizer
Home Improvement: DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder
Spring: DIY Baseball Bookends
Repurposed and Upcycled: DIY Tennis Racket Table
Patio and Porch: DIY 2×4 Bench
Summer: DIY Wooden Footstool
Favorite Power Tool Projects: DIY Bird Feeder
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A one board challenge is a super fun theme. I can’t wait to enjoy all of the projects after school today. Click on the links below to visit each one.
Scroll Saw Wooden Basket by Kim Six Fix
Easy DIY Picture Frames by Domestically Speaking
DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger by Designs By Studio C
Circle Back Kids Chair Plans by Her Tool Belt
Easy Wood Pumpkin Cutout by H2OBungalow
DIY Pizza Bread Board by Refresh Restyle
Small Step Stool by My Repurposed Life
DIY Glue Gun Holder by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY Wooden Movie Projector by Thrift Diving