First off….HAPPY EASTER!
Well, added some cleats to hold a top in place, and act as “kickers” for the drawers. Cut around to get past the legs, and went to screw them in place…...something was a might off. Well, got the cleats on the ends installed , and a center cleat. Center cleat had to move a bit to line up? Ok, plopped the base onto the top. Placed a screw into each center line hole. Grabbed a LONG pipe clamp, and set it up at a diagonal. The idea was to pull the longer corners back to make things a bit more square. Once that happened, I added the rest of the screws.
Screws were a little too long, though. Fired up the grinder and made them about 1/2” shorter. Visegrips will save fingers from getting BURNT! Dunked the hot screws, and then made a point on the end…that still didn’t start. Pilot hole with a skinnier screw. A look at the cleats in place.
Center cleat. The outer two holes are slotted. There are two screws ( and some glue) to hold the cleats to the aprons. Counter-sunk them, and will add plugs later. The end cleat
The “extra” holes in the center is from the first hole stripping out. Add another hole. Ok, now about that bottom shelf
Sat the unit up on the benchtop. Needed to mark up a 1/4” plywood panel to fit. Handsaw? Ah…not exactly
Hey, at least it IS a Vintage Saw… Clamped the panel to the benchtop, and rough saw to size. Needed to notch around the legs, again
Since the corner kind of intruded into the area. Marked the panel for the notches
Grabbed another “Vintage saw”
How long ago did B&D stop making all metal ones? Got four notches cut
And tried a test fit….close, but not quite there yet. Needed to scribe one edge. Clamped the panel to the bench, ran a line along the edge to be cut. 1/4” on one end, down to zero at the other. Cicular saw to make a cut. Test fit again….it will fit, IF I start the panel in just so. Take it back out. Added a bead of Elmers along the rebate, sat the panel back in…...and sat it back in just so. Small 5/8’ long nails to nail it down.
And then gabbed a palm sander. Plywood was rough, and some of the sanding dust can fill a gap or two. Next up, if and when the dust settles down there, is to size a few boards to make drawers, tired of seeing them empty spots on the ends. With the way my luck has gone, each drawer will be unique, and not fit the other end.
Stay tuned, the cussing hasn’t even started, yet…
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