Underway again...finally #9: Progress... seriously.

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-18-2017 03:27 AM 991 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Actually made cuts today Part 9 of Underway again...finally series Part 10: Re-did the casters... very early end to the day »

You read that correctly. I made actual progress. (This is not fine furniture. It’s a workstation that will remain outdoors 24/7 and is made 99% from freebies [CL and pallet wood]..... It’s also the first real project I’ve ever done – since high school 45 years ago, at least.)
Here’s the end of Day 1 pic as proof:

No, it’s not screwed and glued together. Just placed it all in approximately the correct final places.

So, here’s how the day went. First, use the Prius as a tool caddy.

Then start working on the mobile base. Pics show base upside down. Add casters in each corner as well as a small block of wood to bridge an open gap (gap is a result of sloppy pallet construction, not a measuring error on my part. I’ll admit to my error later).

Found out later that I may have to adjust the caster placement on 2 corners as they don’t rotate 360degrees.
Turned it over and stood on it in the center… way too much deflection. Time to go cheap and add support.

Time to cut down the cabinets in order to get the surface height where I want it. I don’t have a tripod for the camera so I had to just show how I used the circular saw with a clamped straightedge without me in the pic (use a little imagination, you really don’t want to see my ugly mug anyway).

Consider the circular saw flat, not tilted when I was cutting. Rinse and repeat for other cabinet.

Made the tablesaw stand shown in the center of the End of Day 1 pic above.

What did someone say about measure twice, cut once? Well, there were minor cutting or measuring errors as you can see if you examine the joints closely and the platform.

Oh, and learned a lesson – making it the way I did was technically more expensive than just using a piece of MDF/plywood for the platform. Screws cost money while the wood was free. I didn’t think it through before doing it this way. time….

Now it was time to place all of the pieces together – not quite a dry fit… more like a throw-together. It was getting dark and I was ready to end for the day anyway. See first pic.

End of day analysis:
1. Lesson learned about cost versus just being cheap – using screws vs wood mentioned previously.
2. I am slooooooowwwwww. Really slow. Going slow does not preclude making errors – cutting, measuring, whatever. Got to concentrate on what I’m doing, think things through first, then act.
3. Getting smooth surfaces on pallet wood makes working with the wood so much more enjoyable to work with. It is worth the time it takes, even if I’ve done it less than perfectly. If I’d used a planer, which I have but haven’t set up yet, the tablesaw stand would look less rough but be no more functional. So, prioritize things – function over looks or vice versa.
4. Just get over my fear of making mistakes. It’s going to happen. Wood, at least pallet wood, is all but free for me so cut and measure carefully, but mistakes may still happen. Either make an adjustment or cut another piece correctly. Just get on with it.

So went my day.

Tomorrow – I’ll fix the height issue with the tablesaw stand – raise it to absolute height (need to cut a couple thin runners to place under the stand legs OR under the saw itself. Dunno which. Also, I need to cut plywood or MDF for cabinet top surfaces – may use thin hardboard atop 1/2inch MDF [need to check if if I have enough]. Finally, I need to attach the 2 cabinets to the table saw stand to get side to side stability and unify the structure.

At least that’s the plan.

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 04:04 AM

Looks like you’ve got the ball rolling. It’ll go smoother as you get more practice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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