|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 08-27-2015 08:57 PM||646 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
One of the teachers at our church’s preschool asked if I could do something with a small puppet theater which was barely on this side of being an LBP (see bottom). I accepted the challenge.
[Below] The first issue was the rod for the curtain. It simply rested on two dowels and was easily knocked off by children at play. The curtain rod also holds the side wings in the open position, so when the rod comes off, the theater usually fells over.
[Below] The best reliable way I came up with for this was a mechanical fastener. I drilled pilot holes and added a screw eye and fender washer. The rod can still be fairly easily removed, but it won’t be accidentally knocked off.
[Below] The other issue was that she wanted about 1 foot of height added to the theater. Seeing how it was constructed I just built three panels similar to the original piece and attached them to the theater. I was able to use scraps (left over from that chair project). I just had to face glue the pieces and pare them down with the tablesaw. I put a dado in each piece, the rails were dadoed with the TS and the stiles with the router table.
[Below] However, I wanted this to be as reversible as possible, so I attached the top rail to to the bottom of each panel with two screws.
[Below] Then I glued the rest of my panels to that top rail. Not trusting glue exclusively, I used pocket holes to add strength to the glue joint. [Read how I did that here]
[Below] Then I masked off the original section and added a few coats of spray lacquer. The result is quite nice. I like my rails and styles being just a little bit beefier than the original, being as they’re on the bottom. The blue could be darker, but it’s all that the store had.
LBP stands for ‘Looks Better on Paper’ It refers to any object that doesn’t come out quite as well as the thought behind it when originally conceived, usually through lack of consideration of how it will be used or by who. It’s just a ‘Davism’
Davism a term that Dave uses which usually requires an explanation.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!