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Working with recycled timber #82: The model Potato Crate gets assembled

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-17-2017 08:24 PM 2809 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 81: Model potato Crate Making the sides Part 82 of Working with recycled timber series Part 83: The Model Potato Crate Surface finishing »

Some “interesting” progress for a change.
After making 2 sets of sides I realised I could speed progress up some what by implementing an alternative assembly method while waiting for the jig lots glue to dry.

As I had made enough of of the opposing sides I decided to use assembly method No 2 in an attempt to speed things up.

So Method 1. Was to assemble the four prefabricated sides to the base all in one go, with only one jig I was getting bored watching glue dry. As I had four matching sides done I had this brainstorm for another method.

You might call it a duck moment!

So Method 2. Using two matching prefabricated sides and four individual boards I could semi assemble the sides.

Something like this

A bit fiddlly needed more attention to squaring up but a suppliment to the alternative assembly method 1,

That worked OK for two of the crates. So I did them.

Then once the glue was dry it was a simple matter of adding the remaining individual boards.

Apply glue and simply add more boards.

In no time at all I had reduced the assembly process by 50% duration,

I was pleased with that as I got into trouble wandering around in the garden pulling “weeds” my wife tells me they were chilli plants she was nurtruring, so I quicky put them back and scampered.

Much sooner than expected I had two crates almost fully assembled.

I say “almost fully assembled” as there now needs to be four metal angles on the corners for authenticity.
So I am off looking for some pressed steel 1/4” or 6 mm angle to do the job.

-- Regards Rob



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 08:45 PM

rc, I have lost perspective of the magnitude of this Eifel Tower!

Have you considered CA? If it’s the magnitude of the 8th. wonder of the world, perhaps a 4 minute epoxy (I’m deducting 1 minute for Qld. weather) could stimulate an extension to your life!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 09:06 PM

Rob, do be careful with your helpfulness in the garden!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-17-2017 09:27 PM

My oh my, these are almost a work of art….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 12-17-2017 10:01 PM

Replies:-
LBD:-
CA glue yes I am aware of it but dont know the long term effectiveness of it so I stayed with the TB III and just waited it out.

Candy:-
I hear you lady! ... I also trimmed up some other over growing “stuff” from the garden, Aurora nearly took to me with the hedge clippers so that was a definate Keep out! and definate Dont Touch! now

Crowie:- Thanks they are getting there a lot more interesting progress coming.

Its 25 deg here already, although I should not complain much it was 33 in Vic according to last nights news.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 12:01 AM



Replies:-
LBD:-
CA glue yes I am aware of it but dont know the long term effectiveness of it so I stayed with the TB III and just waited it out.

Candy:-
I hear you lady! ... I also trimmed up some other over growing “stuff” from the garden, Aurora nearly took to me with the hedge clippers so that was a definate Keep out! and definate Dont Touch! now

Crowie:- Thanks they are getting there a lot more interesting progress coming.

Its 25 deg here already, although I should not complain much it was 33 in Vic according to last nights news.

- robscastle

yeah “stick” with the tb3,i wouldn’t trust the ca holding up long term either!.looking good buddy.so just who are all these intended for?.maybe lj buddies-buddy!.-ha-ha.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 02:39 AM


Replies:-
LBD:-
CA glue yes I am aware of it but dont know the long term effectiveness of it so I stayed with the TB III and just waited it out.

- robscastle

rc, don’t know whether you’ve suffered the indignity of wading through my 17 YO Boat Cruise. I CA’d some cast iron miniature cleats onto a bit of timber and tied some rope to it… all be it not super tight… well 17 years later, it’s still holding onto that “Mizzen Topgalant Sail Sheet Stay” for it’s dear life with both hands… a bit better success with CA than trying to stop the missus from nagging me!

I believe htl swears (and also advocates) the use of CA on his models

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 02:48 AM

Alex,

Yes I did check out all your posts be it by default ages ago looking for the Where’s Wally MDF project you mentioned, I was quite impressed with the boat build, and if its held up for 17 years thats testement enough.
Its just every time I glued the rear view mirror on the windscreen with CA glue next trip it was back on the seat again!

If htl uses it it must be good, also I see lots of turners applying it as well.
I know degoose used it on his cutting boards as had me buy some for him one visit.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 03:03 AM

yeah for turning the stuff rocks I use for making and finishing my pens,but for most woodworking I stick to titebond.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 04:00 AM



yeah for turning the stuff rocks I use for making and finishing my pens….

pottzy, you turn pens?... who turned you?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 12-18-2017 04:04 AM

pottzy

The build was just using up the pieces i never intended to make them for anybody in particular however I could donate one to a deserving person if that was your thinking.

Wait until I get em dun then decide, I am open to any suggestion.

I guess they would hold a few pens.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 12-18-2017 04:06 AM


yeah for turning the stuff rocks I use for making and finishing my pens….

pottzy, you turn pens?... who turned you?

- LittleBlackDuck

wow ducky that’s kinda personel! lots of people turn me-on! we may have to take this pm buddy-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 12-18-2017 06:11 AM

... wow ducky that s kinda personel! lots of people turn…
- pottz


Keep your mind away from that spot between and above your two big toes… perhaps I’ve been watching far too many vampire movies recently.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 12-18-2017 06:15 AM

Hey this is getting scary!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 12-18-2017 09:26 AM

Rob, I find that I can pin nail interior parts of boxes after I spread the glue. It holds enough to act as a clamp on smaller parts so I can go on to the next step without waiting on the glue to dry or having clamps in my way.

So, I would have put down my glue spots, set my small board in place, and pin nailed it in place. If the nails came through on a project like your mini potato hauler, I would just touch it to the belt sander after it was assembled and the sander would being the nails flush.

-- Big Al in IN

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