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Some of the different types of gluing equipment include tape, clamps and vices. Other types of gluing equipment can consist of glue application brushes, gluing machines and glue rollers to aid in the even distribution of the glue. Occasionally, a hammer, nail and a small drift punch will be used to temporarily tack two or more components together while glue dries. Some of the gluing equipment that allows for easier cleanup are drop cloths, wet towels and solvent. Occasionally, water is also used in the application of glue, such as with water-activated glue and powdered glue that requires mixing prior to use.
When working with wood, glue is a common method of attaching components. Often, gluing equipment is used to make the gluing process easier and more effective. This can also create an easier cleanup and prevent unwanted glue from becoming difficult to remove. When glue dries in an unwanted area, a glue scraper is often the piece of gluing equipment used to remove the unwanted product. Consisting of a hook-like scraper blade attached to a handle, the glue scraper is pulled over the unwanted glue and effectively removes the glue, similar to shaving off whiskers from a cheek.
Tape and clamps are gluing equipment components that are nearly indispensable on any gluing project. Tape can be used in many forms, from masking tape to painter's tape, which is more easily removed from the project because it is less adhesive than regular masking tape. Gluing clamps are available in several types, from spring-loaded snap clamps to C-clamps and pipe clamps. They are commonly used to hold larger components together while the glue cures and hardens.
Nails are occasionally used to tack pieces of wood together while the glue dries. Screws are also used to secure larger pieces while the glue dries. Once dried, the nails and screws can be removed and the holes filled with wood putty to create a smooth finish on the piece.
Some of the most used types of gluing equipment are application brushes and rollers that are used to apply the glue in thin, even layers. Brushes are typically used to spread beads of glue that are applied directly from the glue bottle or to apply water-based, powdered glue from a mixing container. Rollers are commonly attached to glue bottles and apply an even flow of glue from the bottle as the roller is guided across the wood surface. Cleanup-related gluing equipment can include clean rags, water and plastic sheeting. The sheeting is draped over areas to prevent glue from dripping onto surfaces.
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