Tips & Tricks: Straw Glue-Scoop

Glue squeeze-out at panel intersections can be difficult to clean up. If you wipe it up with a wet rag, you risk dragging diluted glue into the wood grain, where it will resist finish. Scraping it up with a putty knife or other tool can be a similarly messy proposition. Try this instead: Nip the end off of a plastic soda straw at a 45° angle and use it to scoop up the wet glue. The sharp tip targets the corner, while the edges hug the walls, neatly forcing the glue up into the tube. Once you’ve gotten rid of the majority of the squeezeout this way, a follow-up swipe with a clean, wet rag takes care of any residual glue. 

—Kat Nash, Richmond, VA

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