Relearning Wood Working #2: Have I mentioned that I detest Home Centers?

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Blog entry by Dallas posted 04-03-2012 02:45 PM 8837 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: To Start, Discussing Relearning Skills. Part 2 of Relearning Wood Working series Part 3: Looking Back »

Well, it’s kinda my fault. I shoulda checked. I know the quality of some of those products.
About seven or eight years ago I went to the local bLowe’s or BORB where we lived in South Carolina. At the time I needed some 5/8” AC exterior grade plywood to use as a top layer on a sub floor. I ended up with about two sheets too much and over the next year it got used for numerous projects…. utility shelves, an inner layer for a pocket door, backing for a cover over a heat pump, etc. I’m sure you understand.

The funny thing is, each of the pieces that were cut were apparently either 12” or 16” on center and I never had a problem with the plywood.

Moving forward at the pace of a constipated snails digestive tract:

A couple of days ago I bought a new router. (Actually 3 new routers). Not high dollar routers, just the Drill Master 2 HP units from HF that I happened into for $20/ea. on a CL ad. I figured I’d keep one and use the other two for Christmas or Birthday presents for family that isn’t much into wood working.

The problem is, these things come in a cardboard box and have about 20 extra parts that are included. The cardboard isn’t in the best of shape after swimming from Central China or Srilanka or somewhere, and I want to dress up the presentation a bit by making some cheap personalized carrying cases to hold the router and a few small bit sets that I also got in the deal.

I looked around for some likely plywood and couldn’t find anything that looked cool so I grabbed an old free standing shelf made of the aforementioned 5/8” plywood. I planned on building the boxes then cladding them with a veneer of sycamore or osage orange or even cedar.

So, here I am, fat, dumb and happy cutting box sides, bottoms and tops with the large dimension being 11 1/2” and small dimension being 7 1/2”.
I got all the sides and ends cut and stacked and was just starting the tops and bottoms when I noticed a void that went the complete length of the piece I cut. I tugged on it a bit and the 5/8” plywood came apart in my hand into a 3/8” piece and a 1/4” piece.

“Hmmmm”, I thinks to myself. I wonder how big this void is? So I start looking at the other pieces I already had cut. No void visible, but I want to make sure everything is A.) Hunky and B.) Dory. {Those are official technical terms by the way}. Low and Behold, every piece comes apart with little effort at prying with my finger nails. “Hmmmm,” says I! “This can’t be good!”
I decided to put all these pieces back into the order I cut them and see what gives. Once I did that I found that there was a 3/16” to 1/4” glue line down the separated pieces every 12” or 16” but everywhere else was just dry wood.

The wood I’m using is from two separate sheets but from the same stack, (I remember buying them because of the smoothness of the “A” side for a clean floor installation. They weren’t concurrent sheets, most likely because I had to go though about 30 sheets to find the ones I wanted.

I wonder how the top layer of sub floor is holding up that I put down almost a decade ago? I hate when I find things like this…. now I’ll be wondering about that floor and may have to make a 2500 mile round trip back to South Carolina just to check on it.

The boxes I’m making you ask? Since I had all the jigs and the saws set up to do them at 5/8” I did the pragmatic thing and glued everything back together using every clamp I own along with about 300 lbs. of ceramic tiles I have waiting on a job I need to do!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 04-03-2012 03:00 PM

Good story Dallas. I guess you answered your question yourself. Tiles or whatever sits on top of that subfloor hold it together.

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 12:16 PM

hope all’s well in your area. was lookin at pics of the devastation out there, Jesus!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 12:39 PM

Thanks Roger! The old homestead survived easily. We didn’t even get any wind and rain until about 20:00.

Looking out this morning there aren’t even really any branches down to speak of.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 04:52 AM

Good to know.

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