Plywood Storage Cart #4: Squaring up time

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Blog entry by chopnhack posted 02-04-2012 04:14 AM 13256 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, despite this morning’s drama, I manned up (just kidding, I felt better, if I still felt like that nothing would have been accomplished today) and got something done.

At this point some thoughts and opinions on squaring up the A frame and how would I go about measuring the angle to make sure its true 5 degrees from centerline on either side?

What I was able to do today was rather surprising. I almost finished, but didn’t know how exactly to get things lined up, so I clamped it and cleaned up just in time to bathe the kids. The angled stops went down on the deck today, center piece of ply with beveled edges went next, positioned so that it would trap the upright ply from the A frame between itself and the angled stops. Next I borrowed a technique from gable raising and fastened a 2×4 at either end sufficiently long enough to go from the ground to the top of 4’ edge of the plywood to be raised. The 2×6 that was beveled for the top was fastened to one sheet yesterday and made for an easy way for me to move that sheet without injuring myself further. I squeezed the bottom edge which was beveled between the stops and the center plywood piece, then tilted it up into position and leaned it against the temporary 2×4 post. Fastened a plywood strip at about 26” from the top for the interior shelf on either sheet, brought the second sheet into position, slid the center shelf in place, put two screws on one side to center and fasten the shelf at which point I noticed the seemingly parallelogram effect I was getting. Opposite sides of the shelf were sticking out slightly. I first thought of getting a clamp and pulling it square but realized I don’t have an 8’ clamp….. as I type this I realize I have some pipe clamps that I could have put back to back. I was in a rush and only got two photos snapped, but in one you can see how far out one corner is. Both pieces of plywood had some curve to them, so maybe if I can center the shelf and start screwing from the center out on both sides I can walk out some of the curve? Most of the curve at the bottom was removed when the pieces were wedged in. In the first photo you can see some quick wheel chocks I threw together from scraps, they were a necessity while I was working on the project, but even now with the cart unloaded approaching 300 lbs, it still glided uphill into the garage effortlessly so I will be needing to use those again.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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