Inlay Glue Tray

Inlay Glue Tray

I know everyone has had this happen. you are working on a project and need to glue something up. You apply the glue and spread it with a glue brush. then you set the glue brush on the work surface getting glue all over the surface. Well I have came up with a way to prevent that. Using a simple silicone sponge tray. I inlay the tray in the surface of my assembly table flush. Its ALWAYS out of the way and right wear I need it. I can also use it for a pop holder.

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Silicone tray, Glue Bush

Start with tracing your glue tray to a scrap 1/2″ piece of plywood. Mine was rounded so I drilled out the four corners with a forstner bit. Use a jig saw or scroll saw to cut out the shape. note: make your template large so you can work your router around it with moving the clamps.   

Sand the shape the the line using a drum sander. use a large drum for most of the work. then change to a fine grit small drum to finish it. test fit the silicone tray. You want it to just slip in with very little effort. note: make your template large so you can work your router around it with moving the clamps.   

Place your template on the work surface. use clamps or strong double sided tape. use a template router bit to plunge into the work area and follow the template. you may have to do this in a few depth passes. note: make your template large so you can work your router around it with moving the clamps.   

Clean up and insert the silicone tray it should fit nice just like the template.

Make sure you go deep enough to make the tray flush with the top.