Homemade Band Saw #4: Gluing up the frame

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 03-19-2013 12:13 AM 3692 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I started gluing up the frame, after I reprinted the template and rethought out how i wanted to put my stops. I didnt use as many, as I wanted more room for clamps…

One of the vertical beam parts is designed to have a diagonal notch cut out to allow the triangle corners to fit. I screwed up, and cut the wrong angle, so I just cut it to 90 degrees instead. There will be a little gap in the fame at this point in every other layer, but I will just fill it later. I dont think it’ll hurt the structural aspect of the frame…

Here are some pictures of the glue up. This is the first 2 layers. I’m a little nervous I didnt put enough glue between these first two layers. I will definitely be putting more on the next glue up. I also think I’ll need to go buy more clamps – after I had them all in place, there were a few places I wish I had a few more clamps on. Initially I wasnt going to use clamps. I was going to get everything in the exact place, and then use the screws to hold it down. I tried this and it didnt seem like the screws were sucking the wood together tight enough, so at the last minute I added all of the clamps. I had to cut some holes/slots in the MDF to get the clamps in the right position…

Thats all for now. If I have time I might try and glue up another layer tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Thanks for stopping by!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 12:44 AM

Did the plans come with a design to build the various jigs and fixtures to do the glue ups and such?

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 01:13 AM

Thanks for the update. I guess it is true—you can never have enough clamps.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 01:21 AM

nobuckle – the plans did not come with designs for jigs.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 01:22 AM

Sounds like you didn’t do a “dry fit & clamp up” first time around, for practice. I would highly suggest it on the new/different assemblies. It really helps to go through the clamping process, it points out complications and problems. I often overlook this step & it bites me everytime I do!!!

You must be psyched though, to actually be seeing it start to come together!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 01:30 AM

DIY – I did do a dry fit and check. I originally was going to use the stops to keep everything in place and then instead of using clamps I was going to use the screws to temporarily clamp everything. Once the glue dried, i would take the screws out and continue with the next layer. The screws didnt seem to be doing a very good job of clamping everything down, so I had to quickly try and clamp everything up! I’ll be skipping the screws next time and just clamping instead!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 02:39 AM

If you clamp first, screws will hold a joint tight. But screws aren’t very good at pulling a joint together, especially if they aren’t true wood screws (with a smooth shank below the head, so the threads go only into the second piece). In fact, if you intentionally put a little spacer between the pieces of wood, then screw them together, even if you remove the spacer, there is no way you can pull the joint together with just the screws (esp. with all-thread screws, as so many are nowadays).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 04:51 AM

Yeah, I figured that out the hard way!! Haha

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 02:40 PM

Thanks for the update. Yeah, I can still see some wood showing. Definitely need more clamps!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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