Barnsley Reproduction Build #14: Gluing up the Frame

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 01-14-2015 03:51 AM 1718 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was finally ready to glue up the frame. It happened that my friends Terry and Kris came over and were there for the glue up. The joints really can’t be clamped easily, but the 3/8” pegs and the offset in the draw bored holes pulled it together. I whittled a oak spindle down to about 7/16” in diameter and then drove it through a steel plate that was drilled at exactly 3/8”. I forgot to take a picture of the dowel making, but will include one later.

After applying glue, we used the draw pins to pull the joints together, inserted the dowels, and pounded them through with a hammer. The joints pulled together very nicely. While the joints were not clamped, we did use bar clamps to hold the assembly flat to the bench.

The dowels were then sawn close to the frame, and finished up with a chisel.

All but the final scraping before finishing is complete. I am going to defer that until the entire table is ready to finish.

This pair of joints took much longer than I expected. I think I would be the slowest timberframer ever and if I had farm animals, they would wait a long time for shelter if I had to do many of these joints.

Next is fitting the legs into the frame.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 11:54 AM

This looks really good. It is e a very interesting project. I haven’t been following with, but I will from here anyway. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 05:14 PM

The joints look great! I like the way you pulled them all tight with the offset dowel holes.

-- Dan, TN

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 03:50 AM


Those were some tricky joints and you mastered them!


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