Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #9: Mistakes...

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 10-22-2014 01:53 AM 2113 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m one of those folks who agonize over every detail when something happens, trying to overanalyze the whys,what’s,how’s, etc to completely reverse engineer why I made the mistake, the reasoning behind it, and engrain it into my memory so (hopefully) will never repeat it – or any semblance of it. Yeah – I have the catholic guilt to go with it and I’m not even catholic! Anyway… so I got some time in the shop this weekend to see where I am at. All my pieces are cut, straight and if anything possibly a 1/16 oversize. I did have to recut two pieces that were severely off due to my circular saw guide issue. I mosey’d over to Lowes and picked up some screws for my router plate top (since I seem to be missing all but two) and another sheet of ply – not like the remainder won’t get used since I have at least two projects on the brain I could use it in (stay tuned to possibly a later blog). I had the forethought to have the panel saw guy rip them down to 2×4 sheets so they were much easier for me to maneuver and cut on the table saw. Immediately after I cut my two pieces (4 1/4 wide x whatever long) they curled into smiles. I’m guessing the stack of ply was left out in the weather. I contemplated screwing it down and continuing on, but it was time for me to stop so I stacked the remainder of the ply on top in hopes that when I returned, some of the curve had been worked out by the weight. I still need to decide what I’m using for the hardwood frame pieces and figure out how much that will run me. I’ll take suggestions :) I need to go back and see what Mr. P has in the SU diagram as well. hopefully I’ll be able to carve out a few hours to work out there this weekend as I’m sure I’ll be reminded again that I need to be able to soon give up half of the garage. I also tried to fit the screws into the router/router plate – close but no cigar. Not quite sure what I’m going to do there. I was going to build a better base plate anyway but I wasn’t planning on it being this soon.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 05:41 AM

Don’t worry too much about the warp. All of the strips are braced by each other and will be held straight once the assembly is done. If they are leg pieces just arrange to have them face to face. If they are top pieces the half notch interlocks will hold them straight. The cool thing about this design is that you don’t need good plywood.
PM me if you need specific help with it.
I didn’t trim mine with hardwood at all. Mine is all plywood except for the vices themselves.
A hardwood facia around the table would be nice but you certainly don’t need it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 11:09 AM

Will do Mr. P : ) Thanks! the piece I’m having trouble with is K so it sounds like I’ll be good. I’ll have to screw it down to get the notches/rabbets/etc into it but other than that. :)

Yay! good to know :D it would look nice I’m sure – and I’ve never done dovetails so it would be fun in a weird and frustrating way I’m sure.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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