I glued support ribs along the insides of both sides to support the top and shelves. I also had to reinforce the top and bottom with cross braces. Since the wood is so irregular, I’ve been having to rely on great globs of glue to make contact. I used cardboard to create templates for each rib. I’m hoping that the large top support will give me enough glue surface to secure this whole thing. Without the hoops, the whole thing falls apart.
I have to admit that I’m flying by the seat of my pants here. Because the staves and tops don’t line up, there’s very little to work with. I’m just hoping the end result is somewhat acceptable. Once the glue dries, I’m going to try to use a band clamp to hold it long enough to glue it together.
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails