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#1 posted 04-07-2019 03:56 AM


I made a steel reinforced Mr Sawdust style table, and the first one was just a hair off from being flat. I just made a second one and haven t drilled the holes yet.

- newparade

Hey Scott – Any ideas/reasons your first one wasn t flat? I d like to avoid making the same mistake(s) :-)

- Bill Berklich

What did me in was was being just a HAIR shallow on the cuts for the steel flats. It was close enough that even when I put it together dry, it looked just fine. What I didn’t realize was the clamps were applying just enough force to make it look fine. So in effect, I got this tiny slope toward the edge. I should have checked it with a straight edge front to back. I probably would have caught it before I glued up. To be honest, it may never have caused a problem, but I didn’t like the fact that I shimmed my sacrificial stock with tape to compensate. However I DID use the first table to cut the grooves in the new one, rather than route it and it was a faster, easier operation.

Also, and while this probably didn’t make much of a difference, I did my second glue-up on a granite counter top. I used the slowest setting marine epoxy I found at lowes.

-- Scott, Southern Illinois


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