Hot Glue Gun Holder

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About: I am a Makerspace/Technology Teacher on the International School of Aruba. I teach STEAM lessons in our Makerspace with kids from grade 4 till grade 12. I love tinkering, discovering and making, so I made it...

I run a STEAM class on the International School of Aruba. My class is the makerspace here. So I use a lot hot glue during the year. Hot glue is amazing. It works fast and secure.

However, with so many hands on the glue guns, their little standards get lost easily. Resulting the hot glue guns laying on the work tables, sometimes in their own hot glue, or other debris that you usually find on de working tables.

So I thought to create other stands that hopefully will last a lot longer. I also wanted to add something that is good to catch the glue drips of the glue guns. I used scrap wood to hold the guns and an old tile to catch the glue drips. (Those drips come easily of the tiles). You also could use glass, but I had it not around.

Supplies:

* scrapwood
* tiles (small ones, or cut with the tilecutter)
* some tools
* glue

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Step 1: Gather the Materials

I gathered some old plywood and tiles I had laying around and then I started to cut them into baseplates of 20cm by 15cm.
Than I made a smaller plywood piece (18 mm) of 15 cm by 10 cm. These we will use for the standard.

Step 2: Making the Standard

Next step is to measure the middle of the piece so we can drill a hole through the wood.
I wish I had a hole saw, but I didn't so I used this step.
After drilling the hole, I used a saw to finish the hole for the glue gun. This will be the spot to put the glue gun in.

It's time to put it together!

Step 3: Screw It Together!

I used the little tile, to make a mark on the baseplate. There I drew a line to determine were to drill the screws in.
After that it's just a matter of putting it together.

I decided to give it some color with paint, just because I like it. But for the functionality it's not really necessary. So you could skip that step and continue.

Step 4: Last Step!

Use some glue to put the tile in it's place and your hot glue gun standard is ready for use!

I hope you like it and that it might be of good use for you!

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    dpeach

    2 days ago

    This looks great. I'm only disappointed that you didn't glue the tile in place using hot glue. :-)

    I think it should stick pretty good to the rough bottom side.

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    Bradscopegems

    5 days ago

    An advantage of a very similar design, published in the UK in the January 2019 issue 276 of 'Model Engineers' Workshop' is that the wooden parts are screwed to a small but heavy steel cooking tray. This prevents the whole caboodle from falling over when the power cord is moved, which can send drops of scalding glue flying. A further improvement to both designs would be to install a bent metal bracket with a flat surface that makes contact with the glue gun nozzle. If there is no such blockage the gun drips glue on the base all the time when it is hot.

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    throbscottle

    6 days ago

    This is great! I'm going to make one :)

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    bunnydeath

    6 days ago

    Simple is the key. Love it! Thanks for sharing = )

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    caitlinsdad

    7 days ago

    Very good! May I suggest that you put a simple stiff wire loop that goes around the top of the glue gun when it is in the holder? It can big and loose as it is a safety to keep the glue gun in the holder so that it does not go flying when the cord is snagged or when the glue gun is unbalanced when hastily perched in the holder. It happens! You've also got room to put a nice warning sticker that the hot glue is hot! Thanks for the ible.

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    PieterVerduijncaitlinsdad

    Reply 6 days ago

    Hi caitlinsdad,

    thanks for the suggestion! I already have warning signs on the wall that hotglue is hot, and safety instructions for all other machinery in my classroom. But designing an extra sticker can't hurt of course!