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I've been at this woodworking gig for 30+ years and have yet to find a suitable (to me) wood glue container. I used Elmers yellow wood glue for years and within the past couple change to Titebond. The issue for me is the spout. No matter how I try to keep the spout clean and free of glue they dry in the closed position - making it almost impossible to reopen and use the glue w/o the use of a putty knife.

Keep in mind that I do not have a heated garage - so it's chilly out there - mid 20's at times - but it's the same in the summertime.

Any suggestions?
-nebt
 

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For bonding toppers into shanks I use 2 part 5min epoxy gives a very strong bond and will fill small innacuracies of fit, being a 2 part chemical reaction fit the parts stay viscous until mixed - cold is a benefit to storing as it extends shelf life - just need bringing back to room temp to help flow when using.
 

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I also use a two part epoxy , trouble is this time of year i have to bring itindoors before i use it the viscosity can make it stiff to mix but in the summer its very thin

I do get that not in here glare if i use it indoors so its usually banished to the workshop
 

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Thanks for all your ideas, friends and neighbors - perhaps I did not clarify the issue well enough. . . it's the spout not the viscosity . . . no matter if it's July or Jan the spouts on every wood glue bottle I've used for 30+ years has a tendency to glue itself together and be almost impossible to open for the next use. I, frankly, was hoping someone here would say "I use Grandma's Glue (or whatever) and the spout always works freely - never freezes closed and even if I leave it open the glue doesn't dry out." But I guess Grandma doesn't make glue, only chocolate chip cookies. Oh well.

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The only thing I can think of that might help (I haven't tried it) would be to transfer the glue to a collapsible bottle so you can squeeze the air out of the bottle when you're not using it. That might help prevent the glue from drying in the tip.

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Sorry, I can't help you. I too have to take a pair of pliers and pry the spout off and clean it out. The bottle used to come with an orange cap, but I lose those right away.

If It really bothers you, I suppose you could put the glue in a different bottle and use small disposable craft brushes.
 

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Issue: Dried shut glue bottle spouts
Event: WD-40 in-spout overnight experiment

After applying Titebond wood glue to two more toy trucks (headed for ped dept - local hospital - this week, hopefully) at bed time last night, I cleaned the closed top with paper towel, re-opened spout, squirted WD-40 into slot, and closed the top left it setting inside overnight.

Test result: Top opened more freely this a.m. - might be the answer.

Conclusion: The engineers who designed them are not woodworkers.

Am glad the chemists who perfected WD-40 didn't quit at WD-39.
 

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I would certainly like to know the fix as well... (perhaps it will be resolved with WD-41)... I primarily use Gorilla Wood Glue and routinely have had the same issues (stuck nozzle) as with the other brands... but for me, and it seems to work pretty well; I wipe the glue off the tip as best I can and put a couple turns of painters tape around the nozzle, the intent is to keep the glue from being exposed to air, thus preventing the drying process... I have had pretty good success......
 

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I've been playing around over at the LumberJocks forum and I saw where some of the members have built stands to keep their glue bottles handy and upside down. Keeping them upside down might keep the glue from drying in the tip.

Rodney
 
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