Rockler has come out with a new silicone glue keeper, which is pretty much what it sounds like. For simplicity, let’s just call it a glue cup.
First, there’s a lid, so that you can close up the pop and keep your glue (relatively) fresh – preventing it from drying out.
On the underside of the lid are grooves, for holding and supporting Rockler’s silicone glue sticks and applicator brushes.
The glue cup can hold about 2 oz. of wood glue, and has a slightly tapered and curved bottom to help keep the glue pooled up.
Rockler also says that you can pour wet glue cleanly back into its bottle. Wet glue washes away and dried glue peels off the silicone for final cleanup.
You only get the glue container, and not the brushes shown in the photo. Those are also new – you can get a 3pc set of “micro” glue brushes for $8.
I’ve been using Rockler’s silicone wood glue brushes for a couple of years now, and they’re pretty decent woodworking and glue-up accessories.
I bought their silicone tray back in 2018, and it’s okay. The tray is part of a 3pc set for $10. I think I’d like this glue cup better, mostly because of its higher walls and what Rockler describes as a tight fitting lid.
It’s certainly good to have options. There’s a strong chance that I’ll pick up this new glue cup and the new brushes with my next Rockler order, whenever that might be. It’s hard to imagine that this isn’t as handy and useful as it looks to be in the online product photos.
Rockler says that the lid can be used for “short term storage,” but it’s unclear as to how long that might be. I’d like to think that it can hold glue fresh enough for at least a lunch break, bring the kids to bed break, or maybe even “let’s call it a night and do more assembly work in the morning” type situations.
$10 for a silicone box with lid seems a tiny bit steep, but maybe Rockler will have promos, bundle deals, or other discounts in the future.