Building a brace till #9: Gluing it up

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-20-2020 09:28 PM 228 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Re-cutting the bottom and more test-fitting Part 9 of Building a brace till series Part 10: Back and cleat, hanging it up »

I finished test-fitting all the pieces of the brace till today. Turns out a dovetail plane is super handy for this part of the project. For the uprights that go between the sections in the bottom, I needed to take from one to three passes with the plane on each to make them fit. But that’s nice and easy todo with the dovetail plane.

I then took everything apart again, and went to glue up the outside of the carcass. I did that, and put clamps on it to hold it together, but with all the sliding dovetail sockets cut in the sides, as soon as I pulled the joints tight, the sides bowed alarmingly. I quickly released the pressure and put the rest of the parts in. The uprights went in last and it took a little mallet work to get everything together a second time, but I did, and then put a couple clamps on to hold everything together. Worked better this time.

With he case completely together, I planed a 45 degree edge on a 1×3 for a cleat for the till, and pulled a couple 2’x4’ pieces of 1/4” maple plywood out to be the back of the case. I still haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to do the doors yet, but it looks like I need to widen the slots for the braces a little for the larger sweep braces, and once I do that, I’ll figure out how much added room I’ll need to fit them inside the case.

The piece of elm that I think will make nice drawer fronts won’t work as-is. I either need to resaw it in half and make the upper drawer fronts book-match the lower drawer fronts (which would look nice, but be a lot of work, and leave me with thin fronts), or I need to find a bigger piece of wood, so I’m pondering that, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-20-2020 09:57 PM

Looks good Dave!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 05-20-2020 10:59 PM

Dave, what about rabbeting the back and using shiplap or beveled T&G?

Looks real fine at this point.

Edit: forget my question, just noticed everything is flush in back.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 05-21-2020 12:15 AM

Coming right alone and looking good.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 05-21-2020 02:35 AM

Thanks, gents!

Kevin, I thought about rabbeting the back and using multiple solid boards, rather than plywood, but a piece of 1/4” Baltic birch ply was a lot easier, and it let me be lazy and just make everything flush in back. They were out of the 1/4BB at Lowe’s, so I got the slightly more expensive maple, but it’ll mostly be hiding behind the tools, and I’m hitting the point where I want to get this hung on the wall, even if I don’t have the drawers and doors done.

I suspect I’ll get the back on (glued and screwed, or maybe glued with cut nails) tomorrow, get the cleat on with screws, and have it hanging on the wall by the time I call it a day tomorrow. And then the drawers will happen slowly when I need breaks from other projects.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-21-2020 06:13 PM

Stellar job on the brace till….It’s looking good….Keep up the good work…..!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 05-21-2020 08:37 PM

Thanks, Rick. Getting there. And there’s been a lot of learning along the way, but it’s nice to have it done enough that I can unpack some more tools into it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 05-22-2020 12:53 PM

Very nice work Dave, looking great.
Have you given any thought as to how to hang? Going to be somewhat heavy with all the tools, maybe a full width French cleat?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 05-22-2020 01:19 PM

It got a full-width cleat on the box, Tom. See installment 10 for details.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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