|Forum topic by rbterhune||posted 01-17-2011 04:57 AM||1301 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-17-2011 04:57 AM
I’ve spent probably the last year to year and a half reading, studying, surfing the forums, watching videos, and making stuff for the shop as practice…but I learned today, only 1/3 of the way through my first real project, that even the basics require SUBSTANTIAL skill!
All I was doing was a glue-up of 2 boards to make one about 14” wide. I had done this a couple of times before with reasonable success but I thought I’d practice the trick where you line them up, face to face, to clean up the glue line with a hand plane. Everything seemed to be going great…even with the dry run…but I didn’t check my flatness with a straight edge before adding glue. About 4 minutes in I pull out the straight edge and discover I have a cup in my glue up…at least a 16th…probably a little more. What I learned was that little trick with the handplane only works if you pay attention. I guess my outside edges got planed a little more than the inside edges…this creating a gap on the underside…the top looked perfect in the dry run.
So…after letting it dry, re-ripping, and re-gluing I think I have an o.k. panel…which is to be a side to my bookcase.
After all this I do have a question…how good is good…how close is close enough? I ask because I still see a little daylight under my straight edge on this new panel…1/64th…no more than 1/32. The panel will be attached by dowels to an overhanging top and bottom. I’m sure I can flex the panel is this case but how much would you consider too much? I’m guessing your answers will be that it depends on the project but just for a couple of what-ifs…
If this project was a dovetailed case I’d have to flex that same panel to fit…is that too much stress?
If this project was a frame and panel construction…would a 1/2” solid panel, flexed 1/32 too tight in the corresponding grooves?
Now that I’ve rambled on…thank you to all the craftsmen and craftswomen who make woodworking look easy.