Barnsley Reproduction Build #24: Assembling and Gluing the Undercarriage

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 10-12-2015 02:59 AM 1623 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have glued up the undercarriage, which includes everything below the table top except the buttons holding the top on.

The top of the leg where it is mortised into the top frame, and the mortise and tenons where the stretcher goes through the legs are draw bored. I applied glue and used a draw boring alignment pin to pull the joints as tight as possible and then also put a clamp across the joint to hold it when the pin is removed until the dowel is driven through.

I glued and assembled the four lower joints and but left the top joint fitted but unglued. This way I only had four joints to glue leisurely while working alone. A four inch dowel was glued and hammered into the draw bore hole. After destroying a couple of dowels with the hammer, I realized that a wooden block would protect it and by drilling a depth hole into the block, it would prevent the dowel from being flared from the hammer, and would also leave an exact amount of the dowel still proud.

After hammering, the joint is complete. Also shown is the block with its hole. The block worked very well.

After the four lower joints were complete, clamping the frame tightly to the leg allows the draw boring through the frame and the four top joints along with glue. The gluing is now complete and the undercarriage is left to dry.

Trimming the dowels flush with a chisel completes the undercarriage except for finishing.

Next buttons !

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 10-12-2015 06:43 PM

It’s looking good now. Love the details, keep it coming.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 11:57 PM

I’ve just checked out Lumberjocks after being away from here for a while, what a great blog to discover upon my return. I’ve gone back to catch up with your entire progress. This is the type of info that makes Lumberjocks the best, real info from actual projects with everything shared. Thank you so much for posting this.

The table looks great and I’m looking forward to your continued progress.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 10-18-2015 02:21 PM

You have done wonderful work on this challenging project. The joints all look very tight and well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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