Well, when last seen, I had one more mortise to chop. Have since got that done…..no more chisel work! Good thing, as I need the space on my bench’s top. Tried a few ways to clamp things up.
Left the long apron un-glued, for awhile. Glued the short aprons in place. Had a lot of trouble ( and cussing) trying to get the clamps to stay put. Got out a few wedges…...they slid around…..put a nail through the wedge….clamp wanted to slide off the wedge…..maybe IF the nail was where the clamp wanted to slide?
Needed a few extra clamps to hold the assembly in place.
One in the middle of the apron, one stretching between the leg’s tops, as they wanted to rotate a bit. Let this mess sit, wanted to glue up the other side. Just the long apron, this time..
Same story with the wedges. Got this one to lay flat…finally. Trudged back upstairs for awhile..
Got down there again. Wanted the other long apron glued in place. Same fighting going on….Finally got it clamped up. Had errands to run….BRB
Ok, Today. Got the last assembly ready to go. Gingerly took off a couple clamps and added some glue to the tenons on the short aprons…without the whole mess exploding in my face
Not as complicated as it looks. had to add one extra nail into a wedge, it wanted to rotate. While all of this was curing in the clamps….I scrounged up a drill bit, and a couple 7/16” dowel rods. Marked a point about 7” up from the bottom of the leg. Drill bit didn’t want to start at that spot….ok, we have ways…
Wiggled it a bit, as well, as the bit was a bit big
But at least the drill itself is “Vintage” Drilled down a bit, trying to keep things lined up. Repeat on another leg, find out how long to make the dowel. Glue on the ends, and set it in place…
Then spent some time, working my way around the legs…
Hoping the holes didn’t meet inside the leg. Finally get all four dowels set.
And called it a day/night….. Maybe tomorrow, I can sneak back down there, remove the clamps? The tops of the legs will need “leveled” out. Then maybe some clips to hold the top in place? LOTS of sanding to do, too.
Stay tuned, we be getting there….
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