Sorry I had not posted the follow up sooner, but family life superceeds all.
Well, I learned a lot of this project. The main ones are:
1) Never reuse partical board!
2) Beginners should always spend max amount of time on planning.
3) For now, always build a scale prototype.
4) Never laminate during the assembly phase…save it for last. More cutting, but less gouging.
5) Pilot holes, pilot holes, and pilot holes. Regardless of the screw size.
I did manage to get the back and base built and installed. However, with the extra weight of the plywood back and 2×4/plywood base; just pulled the hardware joinery right out of the reused partical board.
Oh well. Its progress not perfection, right?
I also discovered I needed a lot more practice before I went crazy with anything else…
This stuff ain’t as easy as it looks. LOL
This all happened about 5 weeks ago, and since than I have managed to redeem some sense of pride with a few other projects I have started and finished.
Since this little debacle, I have completed a sandbox (pics to follow), an assembly bench, and a work bench. I am going to write a blog about the work benchs latter today.
As I read over my two blogs, I also hope my writing improves as much as my woodworking.
-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.