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Hand-Held Veneer Glue Applicator


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Product Description

The application of veneer glue to large panels and production runs of smaller panels is much easier with this type of adhesive spreader. The glue hopper can hold up to 24 ounces of PPR or cold press veneer adhesive. That is enough glue to cover more than 50 square feet of substrate material!

The flow of adhesive is controlled by a finger-operated lever conveniently placed by the handle. Pressing the lever down allows the foam roller to engage the aluminum feed roller in the hopper. The foam roller is then evenly coated with adhesive which sets a smooth coat of glue onto the panel. Pull the lever up to disengage the aluminum roller and stop the flow of glue.

Similar hand held glue applicators from Pizzi and Pfhohl have been around for years but many users have found the $160 to $195 price too expensive for most jobs. It is a simple tool and so it can be hard to understand why it's so expensive. Surely this is explains why there are many "knock-offs" being offered by several overseas companies.

I've tried many alternate versions only to be disappointed with the balance of quality and cost. I disassembled each of them to better understand the failures in the design, craftsmanship and material selection. During this process I came across just one glue spreader unit that works very well and is reasonably affordable. I tested this model thoroughly in my shop and have to admit that I'm impressed.

Glue Spreader


  • 5.75" Reusable Foam Roller
  • Easy disassembly for complete cleaning after each use
  • Aluminum feed roller for maximum durability
  • Trough design on the bench-top support stand prevents spilling
  • Mounting holes in the support stand allow permanent attachment to your work bench
  • Includes cleaning instructions (in real English!)

Please Note
This glue applicator is not designed for use with any type of contact cement or solvent based adhesive. Use with thick, water-based adhesives only.

Important Tips

  1. The speed and convenience factors are major advantages to using this roller, but thorough cleaning is required after each use. Allow at least 10 minutes to disassemble and clean the unit. Proper use and cleaning is critical to the durability of this unit. The tool must be fully disassembled and cleaned immediately after each use. Failure to do so will result in jamming of the feed roller which could render the unit unusable. It may be very difficult or impossible to clean the unit if the glue has cured. Disassembly of the unit requires pliers and a 5mm Allen wrench (not included).
  2. Always apply glue to the substrate material and not to the veneer.
  3. The key to applying veneer glue is to put it on evenly. The rule of thumb is that the surface of the substrate should look evenly painted with veneer glue. It should not be dripping wet. A good test is to place a pencil mark on the substrate and apply the glue. If you can barely see the pencil mark on the substrate (through the adhesive), you likely have the right amount of glue.

Product Reviews

  1. Good Roller, Great Price - Very Happy

    Review by Tim Kemper

    I worked for a slab door company for 15 years and we had a metal version of this roller that was a life saver. I remember the boss saying it cost more than like $200. I now have my own smaller shop doing similar work so I bought this roller here as soon as I saw it. For the money, I don't think it's a bad product. The plastic is easy to clean but the durability is questionable since it not stainless steel like my old one. I've already used it more than 10 times in the last week and it's invaluable to me at this point. You wont regret having a roller like this and the price is right. The handle is a bit light-weight but I don't really have any complaints. It works perfect and cleans up well and I'm glad I bought one.

  2. A Great Addition to My Veneering Arsenal

    Review by Charles Taylor

    This glue roller got to my shop less than 48 orders after I ordered it. Very happy with this purchase. It puts down a quick coat of glue which is great for my shop since we are typically doing 2x8' panels. The plastic hopper was a bit of a concern for me but after seeing it, I can now say there is nothing to worry about. The plastic is thicker than it appears in the picture. Very good instructions were included but its an easy tool to use. The clean up is not as bad as I thought it would be. I guess it takes about 10 minutes to clean it top to bottom. Overall its a great addition to my veneering arsenal.

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