Straight cuts done fairly quickly, cleanly, and accurately now – becoming second nature.
Needed to to shave off a bit more than I wanted to deal with using a chisel, so I am using my mitre/back saw to dissect this “whisper” of a shaving.
Thinnest sliver I’ve ever re-sawn before.
Oops! Almost messed up! Got be careful with layout & marking.
More marks – I’ve gone to marking waste with an “X” even when it’s so obvious, just in case.
Saw cuts ready for chisel chopping.
Second upright on saw bench/saw horse number two.
Chopping out waste with chisel.
Looking kind of snaggled.
I wait until most of the waste is removed before final sawing to the line on the middle cuts. Easier to see.
Getting down close to flat on the bottom of the dado with chisel cutting.
Close-up side view of cut-out.
Sharp chisel makes the difference. Easy cutting on this one. Wood is pretty soft.
Stretcher beam laid into dado cut. Short by about 1/16” – need to chop a bit off the stretcher.
Getting ready for the glue up using “bunk bed” screws – these are the pilot holes just drilled.
Upright structure with “bunk bed” screws test fit in progress.
Dry run with 1/2” pipe clamp to hold everything together. I used some ancient Coleman stove fuel to take most of the black stuff off these pipes. Now the clamps don’t slide so bad. I do have to hold down on the lever on the friction end of a couple of them though.
This second upright was out of square by 1/4”, so I put a couple of 48” pipe clamps (didn’t remove the black stuff off of these very well, so they are getting my wood all black!) on the diagonal – carefully, easy does it.
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