Random Thoughts #1: Plans and Observations

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Blog entry by KelvinGrove posted 03-07-2013 06:04 PM 1486 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This one come under the heading of, “It takes 2000 at-a-boys to make up for on Aww ^%#$ and one aww ^%#$ will cancel 2000 at-a-boys.

Working on a pantry/cabinet in which my sweetheart can store some of the bounty our garden which she cans each year. Her garden is prolific and she is an expert at wasting exactly none of it. This piece will have a total of eleven 16 inch wide interior shelves of ¾ inch plywood each of which has a 1 X ¾ strip glued across the front for extra stiffness. (It was designed to hold 500 jars of goodies) The question then is, how to glue up all 11 shelves?

Plan A – Lay out the shelves and start gluing and clamping until they are all complete. Advantage, a few hours shop time and the next day you are ready to move on. Disadvantage, implementation requires fifty five 24 inch clamps (which I don’t own) and enough shop space to lay them all out (which I don’t have)

Plan B- Glue up one shelf and let it sit overnight. The next morning, take it out and glue up another. That evening you have two shelves ready for their first sanding and you can restart the process. Advantage, can be implemented with on-hand equipment and space and by the weekend all of the shelves will be sanded and ready for their first coat of finish. Disadvantage, if during your morning glue up, you reach across the work piece without even thinking about it you end up showing up at work with wood glue all over the armpit of your shirt.

Observation 1. If you are lucky, your co-workers will also be wood workers and understanding of your dilemma.

Observation 2. Pull on a sweat shirt before you do the morning glue up.

Observation 3. Keep a clean shirt in your office.

Observation 4. Glue on a dress shirt does not make your wife smile.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 05:37 AM

You just can’t win! I have a huge box of clothes that are not-so-new or stained or otherwise not wearable, that I have saved for wearing when I am in the shop or working in the garden. Trouble is, I rarely use them for that, instead, I just keep creating new things to go in the box, like that dress shirt of yours.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 06:12 AM

If you use cawls you can significantly reduce the no. Of clamps

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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