Wine Rack Expedition #6: Glue ups and some other stuff

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Blog entry by Demowen posted 04-01-2009 06:45 AM 2431 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well Folks, it’s been a super-productive day for me (as productive as a full time student with a part time job, a ministry, a woodworking hobby and a girlfriend can be :) ).

Before I glued up the rails to the legs I had to take care of some cosmetic details. I measured 1” from every outer bottom corner of the legs and up 3” in the opposing side. I drew a line to connect these marks on the edges and cut them out on the band saw for the foot detail.
foot detail
As you can see, the band saw left things pretty rough, but after a little bit of sanding, no problem. No matter how precise I try to be, there is always human error, none of these things line up exactly on the meeting edge, Luckily the sander took care of that right quick… sorry for the blur
foot sanded
So when they were all pretty much done, you can get an idea of what this will do to the overall piece…

At this point I felt confident enough to get to scraping, sanding and filling. Now, I don’t know what everyone else does, but since I already scraped all the surfaces earlier, I just jumped right up to a 220 grit on my Random Obit sander. I know that is probably not the right thing to do but, honestly, the surface felt great. I guess the scraper really just prepped it for me that much!

Now, I can’t stress to you how important it is to dry fit everything before you go to your glue ups. I say that with emphasis because I didn’t on my first step. I thought “ah, it’s all good enough” and had to pay for it with unneeded stress in the glue up. A couple of my dowel pins were a hair too long so that it wouldn’t pull in tight. I had to pull the rail out and saw the tip of the dowel off. Now I got glue on my saw, a waste of time in a glue up and just the pain of it not being exactly right.
I glued one side and then put the dowels in to glue the opposing side. And, of course, since I didn’t dry fit each peg, some of them were too difficult to line up in a short amount of time. So, some of the rails (just one or two) have only one dowel on the left side. I could line one up, but not both. It is okay thought because it is still going to be strong enough for it’s use and will be parallel to the legs since the other side has all the dowels in it (luckily). So I finally got this bad boy clamped…
under pressure
After a brunch break I glued up the rails to the back right leg. I only dry fit the left side in at this time because it was too many dowels to handle at once. I dry fit all the dowels before hand and did not have as many problems.
Notice that I ran out of long enough clamps? I had to improvise with those black and yellow clamps. I thought it was funny.

When that glue up was finished I cleaned up any glue spots left over on the front assembly (legs and rails). Once everything was hunky dory I taped up the dowel holes that will receive the side rails.
I did this so none of my finish will get into the holes and prevent the glue from bonding with the opposing surface. I wiped on a liberal amount of Boiled Linseed oil all over the front assembly. I figured I might as well do this while I have full and easy access to both sides. Look at the difference between the oiled and un-oiled rails…
and then, after a few minutes I came back with a dry rag to wipe up any excess and half buff the finish.
oooh shinney
oooh shiny!

Now it is about enough time to remove my clamps from the glue up. This time I set the clamps on my bench and set the assembly on top of it, I thought it would be easier this way, it was.
opposing side

While that glue up was drying I decided to work on some problem areas for the table top. The top has some hairline cracks on the bottom of one edge. I wanted to nip that in the bud so I used my brand spanking new Dremel router kit to do a butterfly inlay. That thing actually worked out great!
You can see that the butterfly is still sitting proud of the surface, I have to plane it down once the glue cures. If anyone needs to see how that is done, just let me know and I will explain it later. Pretty easy.

Well folks, that’s all I got done today. After all that I had to get going to work. To come is probably some more glue ups, more BLO finish and perhaps getting the table top ready. Eventually I want to get to the veneer inlay! Soon enough…

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 06:59 AM

Looks like good progress. Keep up the posts.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Will Mego

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 05:54 PM

Man, I haven’t been following this project much, not really into wine much less racks for it…but when I saw the wood after the BLO, I did a double-take! I had to look back and see what wood that was. I love that wormy maple, it almost looks like olivewood, but of course, it’s probably got the strength of maple for the most part. And $1.75 a BF? Wow. Nice job, that wood with the BLO is just a stunner!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 06:07 PM

so do the butterflies pull the cracks back together, or jsut prevent further splitting? If the crack remains, does it need to get filled or is is just left as is? I’ve seen this on rustic benches, but not on this style of furniture and I’m intrigued. I could probably use this for some of my projects.

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 03:12 AM

well, HokieMojo, if the crack is exceedingly wide, then it can pull it in. My purposes were mostly preventative. I clamped the board so that the crack pulls in tight when I copied the butterfly down. If you want to know how to do it, just let me know and I’ll document the steps when I make the next ones. I love the look of them in contrasting woods, but not for this piece. The crack was on the bottom so I didn’t bother mixing it up too much.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#5 posted 04-02-2009 04:38 PM

thanks for the reply. it is pretty cool. clamping the crack down in size makes perfect sense. I should have thought of that. I’ll be reading along as you wrap up!

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