Glue bottle stored upside down in hole drilled in workshop shelf..
Glue bottle stored upside down for easy access.

To provide easy access to glue bottles in your workshop or garage, drill a 3/4″ hole for each bottle in a shelf or workbench, and insert the bottles upside down in the holes.

This will keep the glue near the nozzle, so it’s always ready to use, and seal out air to help prevent the nozzle from clogging.

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Joe Truini: Storing glue bottles in the workshop is not a particularly difficult challenge. I mean this is how most of us store glue bottles, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but there is a better way. And all you need is a drill with a 3/4-inch diameter spade bit.

What you do is take the drill, and drill a couple of holes in a shelf near the workbench. And then all you need to do is store the bottles upside down in the holes.

And the great thing about that is, first, the glue is always right there, you know where it is, you don’t have to go searching for it. But the glue will drop down near the tip because it’s stored upside down.

So when you get ready to use it, it comes out really easily because you dispense it, especially if it’s half a bottle. It’s not sitting at the bottom, it’s now sitting near the top. And the glue sitting near the tip will seal out air so that the nozzle won’t get clogged as easily.

Now, if you don’t have a shelf like this in front of your workbench, you can simply drill a hole in the end of your workbench, set it in there, and that works just as well.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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