Laundry hamper #10: First door: Gluing it up

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 09-08-2021 04:27 PM 387 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Between the Monday holiday and my sweetie having some friends of hers over yesterday, I haven’t had a lot of shop time the past few days. But I’ve sorta completed the first door.

I started by gluing together opposite corners of the frame, making sure they were square and level. The wasn’t too bad, but that was all I got done on Sunday evening.

Monday, I did the big glue-up of the door. The lattice is “loose” in the frame (not glued in, anyhow), but that still left a lot of parts to get corralled and clamped up.

When I took the clamps off Tuesday morning, the two corners I’d glued on Monday popped apart. So I cleaned them up, applied more glue, and then drilled quarter-inch dowels into the fit corners. I had to re-align the lattice as I was doing this, and cracked one of the oak slats in the process, but I think a little CA glue in the crack will hold it.

This morning I trimmed the dowels flush, planed the back and edges smooth, and hit the whole thing with a coat of linseed oil. Oil and some Tried & True Varnish Oil is probably going to be my eventual finish. I spotted a few problems I’ll need to clean up, and the miters are pretty gappy, but for a first attempt, this isn’t horrible, I think.

That’s where I’m going to leave this first door for now. I’ve got the slats for the second almost profiled, and I’ll start cutting notches in them tomorrow. I might try and cut the half-lap joints fit the corners of the second door yet today, but we’ll see how things go.

Thanks for looking in.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 09-08-2021 05:12 PM

I’m surprised those half-lap miters came apart with the long grain to long grain contact. Any idea what happened?

Nice weave on the slats, looks great, and the beads are a nice touch.

-- "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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#2 posted 09-08-2021 05:24 PM

too nice for dirty clothes :<))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-08-2021 05:34 PM

I think they didn’t have great contact because the frame was skewed, Tom. I was a little off on the depth of the half-lap, and in order to keep the front flush, and the edges square… it was just too many things for me to get aligned all at once. Plus the lattice slats we’re about 1/32 too long, which tended to push everything apart. The dowels seemed to do the trick, though. With those in, I could keep everything aligned while clamping and the glue had a good chance to grab and hold. For the second door, I’m going to cut the slats to 12 3/16 and 18 3/16, rather than 12 1/4 and 18 1/4, and I think everything will be fine.

That may be, Tony, but it’s a fun learning experience too. I haven’t done any serious frame and panel construction before, and that’s about all there will be in this laundry hamper.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 09-08-2021 07:27 PM

Looks great Dave. I’m sure I would lose a sock through one of the spaces though.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 09-08-2021 07:29 PM

The clothes are still going to live in plastic laundry baskets inside this. The doors are just to hide things so nobody has to look at my dirty underwear.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 09-08-2021 11:50 PM

It seems odd that they popped apart after taking off the clamps. Most likely a little trim here or there will fix it up perfectly. Looks good. It would make a neat grill for a window decoration too.

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

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#7 posted 09-09-2021 01:12 AM

Yeah, Dave. I think it’s because the lattice is just a hair too big, it prevented everything from sitting nicely, or perhaps it moved partway through the glue drying. In any case, doweling it maintained alignment, and it’s solid now.

I may end up making a grill for our fireplace this way too, but it would have something on the back. The damper doesn’t stay closed in high winds, so we’re looking for something to cover it up in the winter when we’re not using it, and this design might work. We’ll see what my sweetie thinks of the completed hamper first though…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 09-09-2021 04:21 PM

So far so good Dave. This is like binge watching for me.

I may build one in the A & C style and I’m watching your process and what to avoid.

The slates in the frame look like the most challenging. Any advice for building them.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 09-09-2021 04:56 PM

The slats weren’t too bad, but make sure that each one fits in the frame and that the length is correct before you assemble them. Once assembled, any changes are nigh impossible. And disassembly would risk breaking them.

A 4×6 grid of slats is about the largest I can see weaving together without doing something like steam-bending them.

I think most of my difficulty happened because the slats were about 1/32 too long, which kept me from getting the frame lined up “just right” while trying to clamp it up.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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