If you read the blog post from yesterday, I had a problem with glue adhesion.
This morning I disassembled everything. It all came apart as if there had been no glue on it to start with. Some of the parts did have that initial pop as the glue let go, but it was very clear that the glue had not done as it should have at all.
So, since I think temperature had something to do with it, the first step today was to get that shop warmed up. I went and borrowed a thermometer from the house. I really need to get one for the shop I guess. I made sure that it was at least seventy degrees at my work bench. Then before doing anything else, I glued up and clamped some scrap wood tegether. I took an hour long coffee break. When I unclamped the wood in an hour, the joint was as strong as I’ve come to expect from Gorilla Wood Glue. So I am convinced that the temperature was the problem yesterday.
So I reassembled everything.
Next I added stretchers. These help hold the legs squarely into the corners of the skirts. Also, these are what the horizontal surfaces of the top and the shelf will sit on.
Then I sanded. And I sanded a LOT.
I decided somewhere along the way today that I didn’t want any sharp edges on this piece. So I sanded every edge down to soften the edges. A lot of these had to be done by hand, like the underside edges of the skirts. Power tools, from my experience, just don’t do well on curved edges like that, so sand paper and hands are the only way to go.
Then I added some horizontal surfaces.
Now, some of my closest friend on this forum are thinking right now, ”William, someone has broken into your shop. There is something on one of your projects that doesn’t look like solid wood”
Before any of you call me worried about me, let me explain.
I have an idea for the top and shelf. This idea though is going to require a dead flat surface to glue to. This stuff you see there is some kind of particle board I get from a local company. It isn’t quite particle board, nor is it MDF. It looks more like glued up sawdust. Whatever this stuff is though, I use it a lot for my shop tables and such, and it stays dead flat. So it will work for what I need here. I would much more prefer some seven ply plywood, but I don’t have any and can’t afford any. So this will have to do.
As I said, I have an idea on these surfaces. This idea is still bouncing around in my head at the moment though. So as soon as I get all the details worked out on it, I’ll get to work on it.