How to Make a Stubby Holder.




Introduction: How to Make a Stubby Holder.

About: We like to make fun little projects, mostly out of neoprene and foam. Sometimes with LEDs and Batteries, some times with motors! Who knows what will come out of the Coolaz Factory next.

Ever wanted to make a stubby holder at home? Perhaps for dad on fathers day or maybe even to sell at a local craft market.

Today we will show you how to make a stubby holder easily, at home, with no industrial equipment!
We will be working with blank materials, however you can make your stubby holder as artistic as you like, decorating it with things like permanent markers, fabric paint, sublimation print, sewing and more.

Step 1: What You Need

To make a stubby holder you will need the following items:

  • Tube of glue - most will work, however rubber glue works the best.
  • Rectangle of neoprene, approximately 20.5cm x 10.5cm in size.
  • Circle of foam or neoprene for the base.
  • 3 books.

Step 2: Apply Glue to Neoprene

Get your neoprene rectangle and apply a bead of glue down each side of the soon to be stubby holder. You will need to leave your glue to "tack up" for its appropriate amount of time. Read your glue instructions for how long you need to leave it.

Step 3: Allow Your Glue to Gain a Tack

Our Kwikgrip glue takes approximately 30 minutes to be tacky enough for the purpose of making a stubby holder.

Step 4: Prepare Your Tbridge Shaped Jig

We will be using the 3 books to hold the stubby holder together as it dries.
Place two similarly sized books about 10 cm apart and place a heavy book on top to create a little bridge shape. We will be sliding our stubby holder underneath the bridge to hold it while the glue sets.

Step 5: Tack the Two Sides Together

Press each side of the neoprene together so that the two faces of
glue are touching, holding the stubby holder flat on the bench. Do not let go, remain holding the neoprene together for step number 5!

Step 6: Slide the Tacked Neoprene Underneath the Bridge Jig

Sliding the neoprene under the bridge jig will hold it together while the glue sets and prevent your stubby holder exploding open! Your stubby holder is almost ready.

Step 7: Prepare Your Base for Gluing

As you did with the neoprene, apply some glue to the edge of the base. Smooth it out this time so that it's not too globby. Let the base sit to gain a tack while we wait for our stubby holder to finish drying completely.

Step 8: Remove Your Stubby Holder From the Bridge Jig

Slowly pull out your stubby holder from under the little bridge and make sure it's not trying to explode open and that the glue has fully cured. Stand your stubby holder on its top ready to insert the base into the bottom.

Step 9: (OPTIONAL) Apply Heat Tape to Join for Extra Strength

Using a regular home iron or a hair iron, seal your join with a length of heat tape. Heat tape is available form shops like spotlight and lincraft. This is a recommended step to keep it all nice and tight together and to help relieve the stress from the glue.

Step 10: Add Your Base

Your base should be nice and tacky and ready to add to your stubby holder now. Place your base in the stubby holder and hold it tightly for a moment to bond the glue.

Step 11: You're Done!

You now have your very own home made stubby holder!

Find out more about stubby holders here!

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    7 months ago

    Great, easy to follow. BUT Spotlight looked at me like I had two heads. Can you tell me what the heat tape is called and which section its in. The only product they could point me to was hemming tape.....



    4 years ago

    You can also try TAC adhesives 205 brush contact and brush the adhesive on. It tacks off in about 10 minutes and sets stronger than the selleys product. The 3 books method looks time consuming, I have been using a lot of old coffee mugs that were spoils from a few coffee mug print runs and glued them to some ply board. I use cut down 60 mm pvc pipe you can get from bunnings and put the stubby holder in between both to set. This is handy if you do multiples, I have done runs of 50 for a few customers which works fine but larger quantities than that I send off to the big boys as they have the manpower and the gear. I have made a few jigs out of pvc pipe and board for different stages of the process. It is always going to be a manual process unless you have the gear to stitch them together.Thats what plan on be doing eventually.


    4 years ago

    Hello. I know your post is now 6mths old, however I am hoping you still monitor it.

    I found your guide very useful compared to many I located and your steps fixed one of my problems in that you now have me producing much better tube joins (I often had a gap in the join previously). My question now may seem silly and everyone says its so easy I feel like Im missing a major point however here goes:

    I am using Selleys Kwik Grip (water based for higher temp rating), I try to apply heat tape (12mm) with a hair straightener and almost every time the glue softens and comes undone on me and ruins my stubby holder. Is there any help you can provide me please... I am quickly losing faith in my ability to make these things.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes, it does seem that the glue is melting. Are you heating from both sides with those straightners? How hot are they set to? It may be they are too hot - can you dial them back a bit? You can always try a solvent based contact adhesive too - Selleys have one - I think it has burgundy packaging.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds simple enough. Thank you for sharing these instructions!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Amberrayh! It sure is pretty simple.
    Let me know if you have any questions or need some tips. :-)