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07-31-2015 08:04 PM

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Hello fellow LJ’s! I need your input, ideas, suggestions on how I would go about fixing this little debacle I’m in…I’m currently creating a Flip-top cart where the bottom cavity you see in the photo will be for a drawer. Well, when I clamped everything up, it was square, but when I came back in the morning, the glue dried it Out of square. It’s roughly 1/8” – 1/4” skewed to the right when facing the front and the unit being upright. Obviously the glue is dry, but is there a way I would force this into being square? I need it to be so I can make a drawer in to bottom. I didn’t think it would be a problem until I realize the drawer face is really going to look weird and I was planning to add a border to the face, which wouldn’t be all that great skewed. I’d appreciate any feedback on this.


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#1 posted 08-02-2015 06:06 PM

Wow. That’s a dilema. If it’s possible, take a sawsall to it at the joints. It’ll make it a bit smaller tho. Other than that, I don’t have a clue. Glue is strong strong strong. :(

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 06:18 PM

So long as the flip top works without binding, I’d build the drawer a bit smaller so it’ll clear on all sides, then attach a drawer front that’s square so that when it’s closed it will look like everything’s ok.

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 07:56 PM

I’m not sure how this will turn out, but I did install a backing by cutting it skewed and am hoping I won’t have to make many adjustments to the front panel. The flip-top portion is flipping smoothly, so it looks like everything is just a little crooked and skewed, although I’m not getting any rocking with the casters on concrete. I’m almost done making the drawer, so I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll look half-way decent once the glides go in.
Thanks for the suggestions.

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 10:53 PM

If the drawer appearance is the main concern, Make an attachable drawer front that matches the dimension and shape of the opening. You can shim the drawer slides to operate correctly.

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 11:13 PM

Why didn’t you just cut the back square, and nail along one edge only, then nail the bottom starting near the last nail on the edge you just finished nailing. Nail all those nails in, then attack the other edge, and finish with the nailer or stretcher. That should have brought it back into square…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 11:14 PM

Looks like ole Prissy has LJ’s number, huh?? ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 11:32 PM

It’s been taken care of. The front side was actually 95% square, so my front panel is actually working out well enough that it doesn’t look all that bad. It’s the back side that was not square, so I made the back panel skewed and it’s working out fine. The concrete isn’t level so it’s not hard to keep the entire cart level. In hindsight, I agree with Jerry that I should have installed the back panel when setting up, but I didn’t feel the need to when everything was square when clamped. I never imagined it would “shift” while clamped up. I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m in the “installing the tool” phase. I should be done tonight and will give spray finish a try in the coming weeks.

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#8 posted 08-10-2015 12:47 AM

Glad you got it worked out. Show us a pic or two when it’s done.

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#9 posted 08-10-2015 01:37 AM

Here’s an in-progress photo. The sander is mounted but the planer will have to wait till tomorrow. The bolts I have are just a tad too short for me to mount safely. I’ll get the proper size tomorrow for the final mounting and then install the catch bolts to hold it in place. It’ll be a few weeks before I can put a finish on it, so I don’t mind.

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#10 posted 08-10-2015 01:25 PM

There you go! And hey, that drawer you were worried about looks fine !

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