Man Cave Work Shop #2: The Properties of Wood

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Blog entry by IceCactus posted 02-10-2011 06:44 PM 1488 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I learned an important lesson here today. Wood shrinks, especially when you expose end grain and drill holes in it.

I decided on this project that it would be easier if i just batch created parts. It would be less setup and less hassle. So i resawed a couple 2×4’s down to 1” thick x 2-9/16” wide and 5-11/16” long. Drilled my 3 holes per the instructions of the plan and threw it in a box. I only work on the weekends for the most part, so it took me about 2 weekends to get the 100 blocks cut and drilled. I had to build a jig etc in there as well.

On to creating the platform supports. These are simply 2×4s cut to 2” wide and either 16-3/4” or 23-3/4” long with a 1/2” rabbet in them. I created enough to do the 2 tower units in the plan.

You can see a pic below of what the platforms look like with everything labeled.

Now to assembly. Lined up the 2 boards, put glue on the corner block and drove in the screw…only that didnt work. I couldn’t hold the board tight enough, the screw didnt bring the boards together tight enough and it was just a plain mess. When i did finally get a platform put together, i put a square to it and guess what, not square. Come to find out, my corner blocks had shrunk, and they were slightly off 45 degrees, maybe 43-44 degrees, and also were 1/32” thinner. Shoot me now, pretty much every one of the 100 i made were no good!!! Lesson learned, build them as you need them.

So i created just enough for 6 platforms and assembled them. Long story short i ended up creating what you see below, using a rockler square that i just bought and some clamps so i could get nice tight joints. I also created a mini post to push everything up against in the square.

And, all done, you can also see a piece of a shelf sitting in the platform. Its not attached as the plans dont say to attach them. So i assume they just sit in the rabbets. I also havent cut the corners on the shelf yet.

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 06:58 PM

Ah the wonders of wood, Most home center 2×4’s are still a little damp, resawing them then cutting into blocks at same time probably caused this. Resawing opens new pores in the wood, you probably need to let the wood aclimate to your shop again.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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