Building Teardrop No. 2 #7: Fitting and some gluing

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 05-15-2020 09:05 PM 622 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picking up from the previous post, I used my scroll saw to cut close to the outline and sanded right to it using my disk sander and a drum sander. I have a 5 inch disk sander and I’m thinking I should jig up a way to use my lathe as a 6 or 8 inch sander.

Starting at the end block, I start gluing the back to the ribs. I put some clamps all around to hold things in place, then I apply glue with a thin pallet knife and put on all the clamps. Using many clamps avoids having to crank down hard on any one of them and risking a cracked rib.

This clamping/gluing process will be repeated for the front, but I have a few things to do with that first.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-15-2020 10:38 PM

Progressing nicely. Those clamps fit the purpose perfectly.

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#2 posted 05-15-2020 10:47 PM

Sounds like it’s moving along nicely, Dave.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-15-2020 10:59 PM

And I’d be farther along if it weren’t for the nice weather bringing yard work with it. Still, after this one I have something a bit different lined up. It’s a surprise. And an experiment on my part.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-16-2020 02:25 AM

Yeah, I’ve had a lot of yard work, too. Previous owners of our house went 12 years without doing any real yard work, so we’ve got quite a list. But the weather is nice and we’re both enjoying being outside.

I’ve been talking with a guy who plays dulcimers about ideas for the one I’m planning to eventually build for myself. Still trying to decide between a stick dulcimer and a traditional hourglass mountain dulcimer, but I think it’ll be a fairly traditional scale, either three or four string. Way down the list of projects, though. I keep joking I’m going to have to go back to work to get some rest. This retirement stuff is exhausting!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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