Well, first I had to go to the store and buy a bottle of Elmers. Dug out a few “acid” brushes to spread it around. Plan WAS to use wedges to help the clamps….not enough hands for it… that is when the cussing started up..
Spread a bunch of glue onto the dovetails, fought the clamps. Several clamps are a bit too long..
Had to use what I had on hand,,,,got a bit crowded, though..
new use for a sander’s handle? Clamp support. Finally managed to get thing clamped up tight..
Hammer was giving “love taps” to both the clamps and the wood. Did managed to keep the wedges in on the far end. Spread some sawdust into the glue joints, to fill a few voids. With this all clamped up, I figured I could at least get the handle’s fingergrip shaped….now, WHERE did i lay the handle blank at???
After crawling under the clamps, drug out the handle that was sitting aways over there. Was going to drill a few holes with a 1” spade bit….wasn’t enough room on the drill press.. Dug out the 7/8” Forstner bit, and made a series of five overlapping holes, then used the bit the polish out the ridges….almost..
Spokeshave, and a low angle plane to start the round overs. Beltsander I have could get into the grip areas, and round them over.
Something like this. Once the top sides were all smoothly rounded over, I flipped the handle over, and just barely rounded the bottom edge..
used a bit larger plane for that..
Then more sanding. Might as well get all that done, while it is easy to get to.
Tomorrow, I can remove the clamps. Then plane the edges square. Dress up the corners abit, and add the bottom plank. Might pin it in place. Then I can add the handle…..and think about a finish??
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