Maple/oak project/desk #5: Clamps, I need CLAMPS

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-03-2015 02:19 AM 1224 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to do some glue ups. Took the clamps off of the dry fit. Plan was to start as small as I could, and work my way out from there. Last night, just two clamps, and some Elmers. Center divider got clamped into the front board. Let it sit overnight. Next morning, got a few items done. A router tabel set up to make pencil grooves, start and stop marks and locator marks for the round nosed coce bit.

Had those same marks on the oak 2×2…..well they helped at first. One groove was a bit long, others started wherever they felt like. Got the oak, the main divider, the front piece and one side into a few clamps, somehow

Then added the short front bottom plywood bottom….hmmm, not looking too square. More clamps to fix the unit to my benchtop, and another to pull the unit into square. Let it sit til after Lunch!!!

Came back down for a little bit after Lunch. Took the dozen clamps off, and set aside. Flip the unit over and try to attach the over side piece…..something was holding things up….right in the middle….ah, the side to side divider was a bit too long. Take the whole unit over to the bandsaw, slice off a 1/8” and re-notch the end. Well, what do you know, it fits! Spread some glue around, start to slap a couple parts together, started to go through that stack of clamps again..

Besides the side piece, I installed the rest of the bottom plywood. Should have double checked that, but glue was setting up, had to move along. Two clamps to pull the dovetails flush, two more to pull the side to side divider into it’s spot. Noticed the back end was trying to flair out a bit….clamp #5 to cure that.

This shows the pencil grooves a bit. Had to make a road trip, so let this mess sit until I came back…

Bought some small brass hinges, and some brass corner brackets. So far, haven’t used any nails or screws…so far. Lots of cuss words, but no metal. Went to attach the back to this project. Something wasn’t letting the back sit down where it needed to be…..ah, the plywood bottom was a little curvy? Bandsaws just do not cut a straight line. Even where the two panel meet, there is a few gaps

No glue here, just some small brads. And, as soon as they hit that piece od Maple on the other side….bent right over. So, they then became cinched nails.

Now about the back end of this plywood bottom. Enough stuck out that I could run it across the bandsaw to get the worse off. Then a block plane to straight things out. Had one spot that was being stubborn, until a sharp chisel came “knocking”, end of problem. Elmers on both the side pieces, and the back piece. sides fit into a rebate on the back. Couple spots in the center where the plywood NOW slips into the groove for it, and time to get some clamps out,again.

Three clamps on this side, using the bench as a caul. One of the three goes across, to make sure the side don’t spread out. Two more on the other side, as well. Used up all five of my 24” clamps, plus a pipe clamp. Will let this sit overnight. In the morning, once the clamps are taken off, I have those metal brackets to install, mainly to reinforce the corners. I can also trim the tops of the sides so the back part of the lid will sit…FLAT. Will have to bevel the sloped parts of the lids and add a pair of small brass hinges. That might be a plane for the entire day, the way things have been going. To attach the non-moving part of the lid, will use a few screws. Screw holes to be covered with plugs. I found my Plug Cutter (3/8” Tapered) and a block of brown wood..

Might be walnut?

As for them corner joints?

I even checked them for square! Stay tuned, we are getting close to the Finish part ( BLO????)Maybe by Monday?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 03:16 AM

Bandsaw…. Router Table…. Nails…. Screws…. Wha…. Th…. Freak!!!
You’re the hand tool dude…. Joinery & Glue guy!!!

Lookin’ good, Bandit.

Did that corner end up square???
Inquiring minds want to know….

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 03:26 AM

Corner came out nice and square, for a change.

Shop is a “Hybrid Galoot Shop” about 50-50 some days…

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 03:34 AM

Looking good, sir. Nice works.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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