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Building a Wine Label Glue Applicator
to apply labels to your wine bottles

5/16 inch drill bit and drill
Fine-toothed hand saw (or band saw)

Glue container (approximately 2 inch deep by 4 inch wide by 1 inch tall)
A single 5/16 by 5 inch carriage bolt
10 washers measuring 1 inch in diameter with a 5/16 inch hole and 0.060 thick
11 - 5/16 inch nuts

parts bolt
bolt & washers assembled

Building the wine label glue applicator

1. Put a piece of masking tape horizontally around the entire container with the center line of the tape approximately one inch from the bottom. Mark each narrow side of the container in the center of the tape. Two holes are to be drilled on these marks.

2. Next, drill a 5/16 inch hole in each end and saw the container in half, so that the holes in the ends have now been cut in half. Sand any rough edges.

3. Next, assemble the ten washers and eleven nuts onto the carriage bolt by starting with a nut and alternating with washers until all are used.

Using the glue applicator

To use the applicator, dilute white glue (such as Elmer’s) to a ratio of 3 parts glue to 1 part water. Then fill the glue container with the solution. Place the roller assembly onto the half-circle grooves and rotate a few times to get glue on the washers.

Place your hand on the top of the label and gently push it forward over the washers so the entire bottom of the label has ten strips of glue on the back side.

After placing the label on the bottle, pat it with a towel (or a small rubber squeegee) to ensure a good seal. Wipe off excess glue.

The applicator fits labels that are 3 inches wide. You may have to modify the number of washers and some of the dimensions to fit the size of your labels.

Happy labeling!
John Zamarra

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