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Floating Top Plant Stands #3: Assembly of the substructure--strong and square!

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 01-15-2011 02:21 AM 770 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Leg subassemblies assembled; sanding next. Part 3 of Floating Top Plant Stands series Part 4: Risers Installed and Tops Constructed and Laid Up »

I’ll admit it right here: I was anxious about this. There had been enough inaccuracy in the Shopsmith tenoning setup to generate some uneasiness. Not a big deal. I very intentionally prepped both the ends and sides with sanding and biscuit slots for the deck stretchers, did one dry fit, and powered ahead full steam.

I used yellow glue in the biscuit joints and polyurethane for the mortise and tenons. I acid-brushed the tenons with water and plunked the goo into the mortises.

It seems like a dry day to me, but an acid brush in the glue (in a sardine can) would last for one unit—then it would bubble and goo up and I’d squirt some more glue in another corner and get another brush.

A single long pipe clamp per side pulled both joints together. With four pipe clamps, I was able to get a second one clamped and a third one prepped and that was just enough time to swipe the clamps off #1.

These will sit for the weekend then I’ll detail them and sand the needy spots before proceeding with the risers and the tops.

”...And to all a good night.” Perhaps I shouldn’t be taking his material….

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"



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