Porch Glider #7: Look Ma, No Clamps!

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 03-17-2012 08:12 PM 1712 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Shaped and sanded the top back slat, and permanently attached the back to the seat frame. Once the back was attached, I cut the angled piece to size and flushed it up with my hand plane.

Next up is attaching the end pieces – something I am kind of nervous about. The reason why is illustrated in these sketchup pics:

The back/side of the seat frame are about 1 3/4” tall, and each of the existing screws is 1/2” from the top/bottom of the piece. That means I have about 3/4” to put two screws through – not a lot of room for mistakes :/ The plan calls for an angle brace under this corner to strengthen it, so along with some glue hopefully I have nothing to worry about.

But if there’s one part of this plan I think was poorly designed it’s this part. Not only are there all these screws, but there are the screws coming down from the top (through the seat slats). I actually clipped about 1/8” off each of the ones that are over the screws so they wouldn’t bottom out on the 2 1/2” screws coming in horizontally.

I hope to get the ends attached tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 05:31 AM

It’s coming along nicely. Hope the next step goes well.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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