Underway again...finally #16: 95%, okay, 85% finished with lumber rack

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 12-05-2017 01:30 AM 2740 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must be the SLOWEST of the SLOW as far as woodworking goes.

I got all 4 of the major/vertical supports built. They each look like this:

As you can see, what probably looks like over-engineered joint supports is what I had to do because, no matter how much I tweaked my cuts, there were gaps (ex., a 45degree cut meets an adjoining edge fine IF AND ONLY IF the adjoining piece is tilted to match the 45degree edge). Poor workmanship on my part, obviously.

Probably should have been more careful/done more prep work and really jointed/planed the wood before trying to screw it all together… but it’s a lumber rack and I figured “just get it done….danggit!). 20/20 hindsight makes me re-think that decision every time I look at the pieces.

Toughest part of the attaching process was not having drill bits long enough to reach through a 2×4 and mark the other/adjoining piece. 2nd toughest part was the lengthy thought process that led to me drilling 2 holes per screw – one for the screw shaft and the 2nd with a larger diameter so I could bury the screw head (rather than spend money on longer screws). It took me a while to decide that I really AM that cheap. Well, I actually knew it already, but this was just another example of it affecting the work process.

Then again, after futzing around trying to make 4 decent “length extender half lap joints” so that I’d have vertical pieces that were long enough, and NOT being satisfied with the results, I broke down and went to the Orange Box Store and bought 4 of the least expensive 2×4x8 pine studs they had. Too much time wasted for unacceptable results in a “time crunch” situation.

The other thing that made things go slowly for me today was I had to cut additional pieces – somehow I miscounted despite having made a cut-list from a slightly more detailed drawing than I posted the other day. Oh, and I added the aforementioned additional diagonal supports for each joint (none of which had been cut before this morning). Well, that and the fact that I tried to build the vertical pieces oriented incorrectly twice and had to take it apart and re-do that (foot pointed 180 degrees out from the upper shelf brackets…duh!).

It’s gonna rain for the next three days so I really need to finish this tomorrow morning. I’ve got a diagonal piece to attach between the 2 outside vertical supports and a couple of “spacers” to attach between all four vertical supports. It should take anyone else about 30 minutes max.

I figure at the rate I’m going, it’ll surely take me at least 2 hours. Dawdling and distractions will surely also interfere, so if I’m lucky, I’ll have it finished and loaded before the rain hits around 1PM tomorrow.

We’ll see.

Rob-”Big eyes” are looking at you….!!! :wink

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 07:51 AM

Eye see em.

Slow and steady wins the race.

I wont show you the bucket of screws I recovered from my Smiths Pallet when I broke it all down 2015
Some got tossed but the majority were able to be reused I was plesantly surprised with the useable booty

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 08:54 AM

Here is something for you that may be worthwile following up.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 01:10 AM

Here is something for you that may be worthwile following up.
—-ebay pic—- – robscastle

I’ll have to take a look at that….thanks.

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