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    Default Getting it all out of the tube

    Thought I'd share a little project I did today. Others may have done this before, but it was new to me.

    I have always had difficulty with epoxy tubes! I don't know why, but they just end up messy and I seem to throw them out before I get all the glue out of them. That offends my Scottish ancestry, given the price of good epoxy nowadays.

    In an effort to improve the situation, I made tube squeezers, based on a design I once saw for toothpaste tubes. Here's a picture:
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    I turned some 8 mm dowel and made four rollers about 1 3/4" long with a groove 1/4" from each end. Suitable O-rings located in the matching grooves hold each one together and squeeze the rollers together so they push the glue towards the cap. Looks much better and likely to mean I will get as much as I can out of the tubes.
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    Jeremy
    If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly

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    We have a very similar thing for our toothpaste tubes made out of two bits of plastic rod and a couple of rubber bands.

    For anyone that has a 3D printer then Thingiverse has plans for over 100 "tube squeezers" including several that "lock into position"

    My solution has been to fold and roll 1cm wide sections of the tube from the bottom and hold the folds in place with a bulldog clip

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