19 of Our Favorite Hot Glue Hacks
Hot glue guns are not just for school projects and holiday decorations. But once you discover just how useful hot glue can be in the workshop, it will soon become one your favorite tools.
Portable Hot Glue Hack
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Fasten a Temporary Fence
DIY No-Slip Hangers
It’s so frustrating when clothes fall off of hangers. Whether it’s the material or the cut, some garments just slip off of hangers no matter how careful you are when searching through your closet. It’s a pain to constantly bend over to pick them up, and it’s definitely a pain to have to clean them again because they’ve picked up dust and lint and wrinkles from the floor.
This simple hanger hack will keep your clothes in place without having to go out and buy expensive specialty hangers. Apply a bead of hot glue to the top arms of the hanger and let it dry completely. The rubber-like dried glue will keep your clothes in place—even when you’re in a rush to get ready and can’t find anything to wear!
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Stick Parts Together for Shaping and Sanding
Cut and Twist to Separate
Hot Glue for Tile Accessories
Most tile setters use masking tape to support ceramic soap dishes and shelves while the tile adhesive cures. Here’s a better way: Apply a small bead of hot-melt glue along the seam. Hold the item in place for just a few seconds while the hot glue stiffens. The glue creates a strong seal, so there’s little chance of slipping or breakage. Once the permanent adhesive sets, just peel away the bead of glue.
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Magnets in the Medicine Cabinet
Remove Leftover Glue with a Chisel
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Glue Small Parts to a Pedestal
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Store Bits Where They Belong
Hard-to-Clamp Repairs Call for Hot Glue
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Pattern Routing Made Easy
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Picture Frame Bumpers
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Stick Stock to Your Workbench
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Position Drawer Fronts
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Secure Mirrors or Glass in Cabinet Doors
Hot Glue Gun Uses: Planing Warped Boards
A jointer is the best tool for flattening twisted, warped boards. But what if you don’t have a jointer or the board is too wide? Set the board on a “sled,” a flat piece of 3/4-inch plywood. Then shim the high corner(s) so the board doesn’t rock. Also shim high spots in the middle of the board. Mark the shim locations, remove the board and hot glue the shims into place. Then glue the board to the shims and the plywood with a dab of hot glue. Send that rascal through until it’s flat, then pull it free and plane down the other side. Plus: 34 clever handy hints for your woodworking projects.