got 1.5 hours to work in the shop tonight to enjoy the last of our 45+ temps. I think I’ll be bringing the rest of the bench in to assemble in the basement but we’ll see how this goes. So I worked on getting the leg with the vise in it put together. I had it screwed together but it wasn’t squared. Frustrated, I took all the screws out and started from square one and layer one. Since part F starts the one side, I shimmed the other pieces up level and start putting the first layer together got that squared within an 1/8-1/4 and decided I could glue this layer together to have a solid, square base to work from so I started gluing and clamping.
Everything was going well for a good while – until…. I realized the one part was too high. Frantically tried pulling it apart – no go. Tightbond II had already started to bond. Was able to gently pry apart after I separated the pieces with a chisel. Dabbed a bit more glue on and reset the piece where it needed to go. Whew!
So I continued on from here and got a few more of the smaller pieces on. I’m out of small clamps and I figured the glue needed to set overnight. I cleaned up the runs as best I could and I’ll check things out tomorrow once I can get home and back to it – still a bit surreal being completely done with school.
Ok – had a bit more time to work on this yesterday so a few more pics. Hopefully i fixed the one foot ok. I think I’ll cut an extra C piece and attach it to the other side once the whole leg is together just in case.
So here’s what I did last night – just one more layer but it’s showing the vice spaces lining up pretty decently
just a taaad bit off
too much glue?? naaaah.
And finito! I finished gluing the last ~2 layers last night and it is clamped up in the garage. I know the left side isn’t lined up perfectly but I figure that shouldn’t have anything to do with strength. I’ll add some screws as well. A bit of sanding as well :) I moved the parts for the non-vice leg into the dining room along with the jug of titebond 2 I have left to use.
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.