It’s the second Wednesday of the month and that means time for another Monthly DIY Challenge! It seems like just last week that we had our last challenge like this and I shared our Upcycled Barn Door and now here we are again! This time around, our theme is Scrap Wood/Wood Shims. With projects forever on the go around here, there is no shortage to our pile of scrap wood!
And so today’s project I want to share with you is all about practical. Nothing really totally gorgeous and breathtaking. If you’re looking for something like that, maybe check out my Pinterest boards where you’ll find lots of amazing inspiration. Or this beautiful room that we just completed in a 6 week makeover!
However, I am super duper impressed with this little beast… my new Glue Gun Stand!!!!
Now, I’ve been using a glue gun forever. I think this one might be my third one (they do last for ages though it seems!). Up till now I used a big piece of tile to set my glue gun on. While it worked perfectly fine, I always had to make sure it didn’t scratch any surfaces I set it on and it got very messy all.the.time. The bigger the surface, the more you have to clean, right?
A couple evenings ago we were working around in our garage and staring at our big pile of scrap wood when I asked my husband if he’d make me this stand. Of course, being the sweet husband that he is, he said sure! It probably took him about an hour from start to finish (including painting). I’ll show you how he made it… very easy and so handy!
We started with some scrap pine that was left over from the coffee table he made for me. The size of the piece of wood and tile will depend on the size of your glue gun. Mine is a medium size and so the measurements I’ll share are perfect for it. You’ll need one piece of scrap wood that measures 3 1/2″ X 8″. Ours was 3/4 inch thick. For the tile, he used a small scrap that was left over from the bathroom renovation and cut it down to a 3 1/4 inch square. He then lightly sanded the edges of the tile to make sure they were smooth. For the “Y” shaped piece pictured above, he used another scrap piece of the 3 1/2 inch wide pine and it was 3 inches high. As you can see in the photo above, the “tail” on the “Y” originally started out much longer but the total height of 3 inches was what worked best for my size of glue gun. The tail itself measures 1 1/4 inches to the bottom of the “V” and the “V” makes up the other 1 3/4 inches. Any longer and the glue gun wouldn’t sit in properly. The “Y” itself was then cut on an angle so it would sit slanted on the base to cradle the glue gun.
You can shape the base if you want to or leave it as is. I like the slightly rounded end where the glue gun handle rests. It gets rid of the sharp corners and gives it a little more character. Using a hand sander, sand all the edges of the wood including the “Y” piece. This’ll get rid of all the rough edges and any future slivers :)
Position the tile in place and then trace where the base of the “Y” will sit. Carefully drill a pilot hole from the bottom of the base up into the “Y”. Glue the “Y” to the base and then screw the “Y” to the base. We used regular carpenter’s glue for this and to attach the tile to the base.
I just think this little guy is the biggest deal! Wish we could just mail one out to ya’ll!
And lastly, I just had to share a little close up of these adorable succulents!
Before you run off, I’d love it if you checked out what my friends came up with… it’s amazing what you can make out of scraps that would’ve ended up in the dump!
Thanks so much for stopping by today… have a lovely day!