Creating a Lift Desk #7: First Assembly, Bolting in Mechanism, First Look

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Blog entry by Underdog posted 12-04-2015 09:21 PM 706 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next thing that happened in this sequence, was that I clamped the back and bases together, then drilled holes through the back of the bases, and into the back. I then inserted the threaded fasteners into the back, and epoxied them into place.

As a side note, it takes a surprising amount of hardware to make this kind of thing. I now have a box full of 1/4” x 20 fasteners and washers.

Then, with the left base lying on the finished back, I bolted it onto the back, inserted the mechanism into the cutout in the left base, shimmed it up, then slid the right base into place, and bolted it onto the back. Then I lined up the lift mechanism where it should be, and pocket screwed the support cleats in place, and bolted the mechanism in. *Obviously you can see from the pictures that this wasn’t the EXACT sequence of events. It took a couple of tries…
Oh, and you can now see the 45 degree cut on the inside corner moldings at the front of the cabinet.

At this point the sub tops and ends could have their trim applied…

Then we tilted the whole mess upright and placed the top, to get our first look at the appearance of the beast.

This was also where I first learned that the arms were not level to the base. You can just see the weld where I sliced it and had it welded back up. There were further surprises with the top, too, later on…

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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