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Sylvia's Studio #2: Book Cases by window, How to fix?

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Blog entry by Rob Drown posted 10-27-2008 07:16 PM 793 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am building two bookcases for either side of the window in Sylvia’s Scrapbooking Studio. They are 92×36x13 nominal. There is a 31.5” high base and a 60.5” upper. 4 pieces total. She wanted them painted black so i decided to use poplar.

Everything was going great till the third glue up. We were hurring because of the glue setup time and put the left side on up side down. Having the pieces marked as to orientation would have prevented this but here I am.

What is the best way to fix

1. start over on this bookcase?

2. cut the left side off so as to leave the shelves intact and put on another left side?

3. smack the side so as to break the glue joints?

it is klingspore glue. no nails or screws.

Good Upper shelf unit!http://www.flickr.com/photos/hiker_rob/2978046219/(good bases)!Not so good upper shel unit.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真



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Rob Drown

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#1 posted 10-27-2008 07:36 PM

The pictures didn’t work???

Good upper

good bases

not so good upper

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#2 posted 10-27-2008 09:47 PM

#3 might have worked easier if the glue hadn’t fully cured IE as soon as you noticed, if some fibers pull off, it’s getting painted anyway so some filler would work. if that fails try #2 there is always the start over method, tho I hate to waste wood. . . if the glue is pva heat will help soften it steam perhaps? I have never run into klingspor glue other than on sand papers . . . .

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#3 posted 10-27-2008 11:14 PM

I’d go with number 3 as well, but perhaps you might try to squeeze some water into the joint (not too liberaly) to loosen the glue alittle first. Let it sit for 5 minuits and it should make it a bit easyer to pull apart. It works well with a syringe and warm water.
Having done this several tomes myself I know how much this must pain you!
Dont beet youself up to badly about it just try and use this as a lesson for the next time!
Chaim

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#4 posted 10-27-2008 11:19 PM

quicker would have been better.

The heat gun w/ a little water spray, popped it apart. I have it back together soon. THANKS

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#5 posted 10-27-2008 11:32 PM

There were cracks that I could have pumped water into. That is another great Idea!! I’ll have to get a coup;e of glue syringes.

The kingspor glue sets up quickly and seams very strong. For complicated glue ups I need slower setting glue.

THANKS for the help and encouragement.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#6 posted 10-29-2008 06:55 AM

Hi Rob;

Glad to see you came up with a great fix.

After all, cabinet making IS the fine art of fixing boo boo’s.

Thanks for sharing.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#7 posted 11-11-2008 03:50 AM

It worked great and the fixed set of shelves is more square than it’s mate.

Thanks for the info.

They are finished now and all painted black. Just the way my wife wants them.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 12-06-2008 07:41 PM

Installed two weeks ago. I thought I was loosing my marbles. I could not get one shelf to fit squarely in the space for which it was designed. The walls are reasonably square. Window is plumb. Finally I discovered that in the 40” width of the bookshelf, the floor sank over 1/2”. Concrete slab floor under a relatively new house. A little shim, paint it black. On to the next.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#9 posted 01-02-2009 08:43 PM

Finally all the bookcases are in the Studio. Thanks for your encouragement and advice

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 01-02-2009 10:32 PM

The never ending bookshelves, now she needs 8 more shelves and little steps.

Gotta love her.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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