A journey into the workshop. #128: Slappin' mayo on a sandwich. A.K.A. wood glue woes...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-25-2022 10:24 PM 786 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay the title is stupid, bear with me a few moments please…

My journey back into the shop after a few years due to a variety of issues, some admittedly I will refer to as emotional, just couldn’t get my stuff together after going through a year of extreme loss. If you are a rock and roll fan, think of the year Neal Peart had in I think it was 1997, and multiply that by about 10 times… , Maybe not quite so close, but pretty close…

Anyway the other issue has been continued degeneration of my spine due to heredity, honestly my weight, and traumatic injury.

I need to stay active, while avoiding picking up, and twising with heavy things.

Thus the tool stacker tool organizer I had used for the past decade and a half was no longer going to cut the mustard, huh, another condiment reference. Maybe I’m ready for dinner?

Anyway, I decided to salvage the 18×24 3/4 plywood boards the tools are mounted on, and design / build some flip top tool stands. Very basic design. 2×4 side frames with half lap joinery, which honestly was too quickly and sloppily, but effectively done at the bandsaw, too many screws, and a bit pf plyywood.

The tool mounts / rotating assembly would be a sandwich of sorts of the 2 tool mount boards with a sandwich of 3/4” plywood in between. A piece of 1/2” ID PVC acts as a bushing and 1/2” all thread as a retainer and axle, but I am getting ahead of myself…

So to keep the bolts for the machines from turning in their recesses, I had to back fill them. And I didn’t have enough epoxy. So I did the next best thing. I grabbed into the dust bag for the DC, and the glue bottle and created a, well… wood filler of sawdust and glue to create a void filler of sorts. Let it cure up, sanded it down, and then went to town on the glue up.

So between the sandwich pieces, or rotating assembly pieces, including the bolt head recesses, I managed to go through about 2/3 of a 32oz bottle of Gorilla wood glue.

Now mind you I am using Gorilla because I couldn’t get Titebond II, which is NOW back in stock… But something I wanted to mention…

Is it just me, or does Gorilla wood glue spread on thicker than Titebond? I just can not skim a thin layer and feel confident I actually have glue there!

Also working time with GG wood glue is WAY shrot compared to Titebond II…

I am going back to Home Depot this weekend and buying another gallon of TB II!

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#1 posted 01-25-2022 11:24 PM

As a fellow orthopedic sufferer (two knee replacements, C4-5-6 fusion, L1-5 laminectomy, and semi-annual radiotherapy, so far), I sympathize. I also have really good drugs.

Not a big fan of Gorilla Glue. Keep fighting and stay safe my friend.

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#2 posted 01-25-2022 11:47 PM

Okay you are making me feel good about my little L2-5 degeneration and bad tendons / sciatica.

Getting older is NOT for wimps that’s for sure!

The flip top stand is my solution, I hope to the lift / twist problem that bench top tools provide for the most part. I have 5 bench top tools at this time.

Flip top stand #1. The one I am currently working on as this is the heavy stuff. #1. Sunhill SM150B 6-1/8” jointer. I know people fuss but it works well. #2. Ryobi AP1301 13” planer. This was a valentines day gift from my wife, so not gonna upgrade until it smokes…

Flip top stand #2 will require more onboard storage for accessories, so it will wait a bit, mostly until I get more 2×4s and plywood… I am going to make this one with a begboard inset so I can use pegboard baskets on the side for holding teh accessories… #3. Rigid oscillating edge belt / spindle sander EB4424 #4. Model number unknown, but old $25.00 Criagslist find Dremel 16” scroll saw that I next to never use

And on its own stand immediately to the left of the lathe.. #5. Ryobi 8” bench grinder with white oxide wheels, and Wolverine jig. I know everyone says get a low speed grinder, OneWay MFG recommended a full speed grinder when I set it up originally..

So yeah, trying to limit impact to the back. Oh and I have added those interlocking kids playroom squares as anti fatigue mats and they are a total blessing!

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