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Muppets do woodwork #3: Having a pretty good day

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Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 07-11-2011 06:07 PM 953 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Recovering from yesterday Part 3 of Muppets do woodwork series Part 4: 2 steps forward, 2 steps backward »

So.
Where were we?
Right – I recall – it’s all starting to come together.

I’m going with a plywood base, so I route out a 4mm slot around the right places in the ash and Jatoba…

I’ve always loved, and been jealous, of those pictures people sometimes post of all the pieces of project neatly laid out waiting to be glued together. Everything always looks so clean and tidy.
I cut out the base, trial fit, and sanded the “difficult” surfaces to 400. Anything that’s going to get a clamp on it I don’t sand since the rubber always leaves a mark anyway.

Pieces assembled, laid out ready to go. Is there anything I’ve forgotten? If there’s any reason not to apply glue please speak now or forever hold your peace…

The M&Ts are pretty tight, so I don’t need many clamps to keep it all together – the blue touch paper has been lit…

The top is there to make sure it’s all square and true – I remove it and wait…
and wait some more…
and even more…

Then patience gives out and I take off the clamps. Not lookin’ too bad.

I sand the feet flat – this is a hassle since they’re at an angle, but the 60 does it pretty well…

I put the oil in its personal greenhouse and put it outside to heat up. It’s about 36 today and sunny, so it’s going to get hot.

While that’s happening I clean up the few glue splashes, and sand everything to 400 again. The ash is starting to look nice, and I know it’s going to “ping” when I put the oil on. What I don’t know is what the Jatoba is going to do. At the moment it doesn’t look too good, but, as the song goes, “He’s got high hopes”.

And, sure enough, the first coat of oil and things start to look pretty fine…

Time runs out for today – we’re out to the piccies this evening – Thor, the wife says.

All that remains is to finish the top and make a handle. From past experience coming up with a suitable handle might take an hour, or a week, no-one can tell.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."



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