I started assembling the shelves. The backside of the narrow shelf was first. I was going very very slow but I was marvelling at how well it was coming together. I kept pullng out the carpenters square and the level. It was getting hard to contain myself. You see, my cuts were fitting so well that I’d check to see if I had it square and there it was. Not a 32nd of an inch off.
I Got the first backside finished with just the 3 main stretchers and stood it up in the garage. It just stood there as pretty as your please, no help from me. I checked the level. Perfect! Dead center on the bubble.
Now – I don’t have any work room in the garage – YET – so I worked on the Driveway. I got the back side built for the wider shelf assembled. I decided to add one side to the narrow shelf next and it was perfect! I ran inside to get my Iphone (makes for a lousy camera). I came back outside and was just marvelling at how my preparation had paid off. Then it happened – A gust of wind. It came from the right direction. My drive way is at a slope. The structure started to tip over. I knew I was too far from it to stop it. My heart sank and filled with horror as the compeleted corner of the shelf came crashing down on my driveway.
BANG!!! You are not supposed to stress those glue joints for 24 hours. That fall stressed the hell out of them. The rest of the afternoon was spent trying to fix the mess. I felt like a doctor in the ER. My wife said “Take a break and come Eat your Dinner!” We had Steak and shrimp. I could barely stand to leave my patient.
Dinner ended up being superb. With a full stomach I went back to my patient and kept working it back to square and level. I got it! It’s not quite as tight as it was but it’s still good and sturdy. With about 1/2 hour of daylight left. I cut most of the shelves for both pieces.
Sorry for the bad images. I’ll pull out the floods when I take final pictures.
I can’t add the shelves after the supportting structure is finished so they are going in immediately. I’ll add the final stretchers and upright column afterwards. Right now – I’m trying to figure out how I will conceal 2 small gouges. Wish me luck.
I will never trust the elements again! At least until tomorrow.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!