Laundry hamper #7: Slats, length and thickness

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 09-02-2021 06:02 PM 508 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After yesterday’s fiasco with the frames for the doors I decided to go back to working on the slats today.

First, I marked them all for length and cut them appropriately. 12⅛ inches for the short walnut slats, and 18⅛ inches for the longer oak slats.

Then after inspecting see which side would be the show side, I marked a line across the end 1/4” from the non-show side, then pared off the corner with a knife.

Then I set the slat down and planed the corner off.

And checked the fit in one of the frame pieces to make sure I’d gotten enough removed.

Then flip the slat around and do the same on the other end.

Once both ends were done, I smoothed the show face of the slat with a scraper to make it pretty.

And then if there were any checks, fill those with thin CA glue.

I got all six of the walnut slats done to my satisfaction, and got the tips of the oak ones cut with a knife before it was time to break for lunch. I also glued up a check in one of the oak slats and glued two of my fingers together, so there was a little break to find the acetone. Note that childproof containers can be really tricky to open when the fingers on one hand are glued together.

Later today, I’ll finish up the oak slats and then probably break the arrises on the long edges with a block plane before cutting the half-laps in the slats tomorrow or Saturday. I may need to do a little planing at that point so the joints look right, but I think that’ll be either chisel or knife work. I also might put a decorative bead on the face of the slats. Haven’t decided for sure yet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 09-02-2021 07:49 PM

Nice comeback Dave.

Thanks for reminding me of the technique of using CA glue to fill in the cracks.

Which consistency did you use thin or medium.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 09-02-2021 08:58 PM

It was most likely the effects of the chamisa root. LOL. Anyway like James says good come back. CA glue is great stuff I use it all the time to save projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-02-2021 09:15 PM

Thanks, James. I almost always have thin on hand. If I need medium, I just pack a little sawdust into whatever I’m filling and then wick in some thin. ;-)

Could well be, Dave. Or just a second Monday in the week. Sometimes I have a week with no Mondays, so I figure I get some weeks with two.

Got the oak to the right thickness this afternoon (which required sharpening the block plane for the first time in… forever) and have a jig drying so I can use it tomorrow to put beads on all the slats. At 1/4-5/16 thick, they’re too thin for the foot/fence on my LN66 beading tool.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 09-02-2021 09:36 PM

Looking pretty good, things are moving g along quite nicely – except of course for the finger glue-up.

-- "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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#5 posted 09-02-2021 11:05 PM

Thanks, Tom! Hey, at least I had acetone on hand!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 09-02-2021 11:29 PM

nice progress my friend,i always have ca on hand to solve many a problem,and debonder to solve the problem the ca created.yeah ive done it…..once or twice-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 09-02-2021 11:41 PM

Thanks, Pottz! I have acetone for cleaning metal already, and it worked pretty well, once I got the #[email protected]* childproof cap opened (took a slip-jaw pliers).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 09-03-2021 01:51 AM

Got the beads put onto the slats. Tomorrow I’ll round over the edges and then be ready to start cutting the half-lap joints.

Also made a video of making beads with a LN 66, but YouTube wants to waste five minutes of my time scanning the video for copyrighted material in a 20 second video. Screw Dat.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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