General thoughts on life and woodworking #2: Gorilla Glue Contest

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Blog entry by Jack_T posted 05-06-2010 02:31 PM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I had not planned on entering the Gorilla Glue Contest but now I am. OOPS! I had the scrap. I had the glue. I even had the finish. What I did not have was a project that would use the glue. As of last night that changed!

I salvaged the cedar from an old picnic table and benches that I had retired a few years ago. It looked horribly weathered, but I assumed that underneath it would be ok, and who in their right mind would want to throw away an entire picnic table of cedar.

The project was a small simple utilitarian one. The plastic ring that held the umbrella in the glass top of the current patio table fell apart in a wind storm last fall. The project was to reclaim a piece of the cedar and create a new ring for the table. Every was proceeding nicely until last night when I was drilling the hole for the umbrella. The blank was on the drill press and as the forstner bit reached the bottom of the hole it blew out a portion of the back vertical walls that would protrude through the glass. Well now I have need for the glue in the project and I have learned a couple of valuable lessons. The least of which is you never know where you next contest entry will come from!

I will be posting the project letter today if the glue sets up in time.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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