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Old 12-30-2009, 01:49 AM   #421
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Last thing done for the night was to glue up the two pairs of legs with the stretchers. Tomorrow should see the front & rear stretchers glued in place, and hopefully the leg assembly attached to the bench top.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:39 PM   #422
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OK, I lied, it's two days later, had to go to town yesterday.
In order to clamp up the leg assembly in the long direction, I had to make up 4 clamps. Unfortunately, I was fresh out of 6' clamps, so what's a fella to do?
I hope the photo speaks for itself.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:43 PM   #423
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That didn't come out too badly. You can see there are 4 long clamps there, one at the top and bottom of each side.
Quite easy to make up - just took some of the left over stock I used to build the bench with, ripped it into strips about 1 1/2" wide...then cut some short blocks about 4 or 5 inches long, drilled a hole right through the two long clamp pieces and the block, then put a carriage bolt through that to keep the whole shebang together. I drilled holes about every 6" in the side pieces, just in case I ever need long clamps in future.
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At this point, the legs are not inserted into the benchtop mortises. This was definitely a one-step-at-a-time operation.
I stood a 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" inside the clamps and the legs in order to have something to apply the force of the clamps to. You can see that there is quite a bow in that board when the clamps got all wound up.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:50 PM   #425
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At the other end of the bench is where all the action takes place.
I screwed a couple of pieces of scrap lumber, cut to the same width as the bench top (about 24 1/2"), to the clamp rails. This was to provide some sort of clamping surface to draw the legs tight to the stretchers.
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The same idea was used at the bottom of the legs (top in the photo). With the leverage available it was quite straight forward to get everything clamped up quickly. Another pair of hands would have been nice, but some of us don't have those luxuries.
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This photo gives you a better idea of how the end went together using the made up clamps in conjunction with the aluminum clamps.
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and speaking of the stairwell, I finally got the major portion of the wall covered with narrow cedar strips. That was a long job I can tell you.

When I went looking for the hardware to hold the stair rail, we tried to find the same kind as we put in the cabin. It was nice solid stuff.

Naturally, it was nowhere to be found and has been replaced with some flimsy stuff. Since it was all we could find, I got a whole bunch of these junky little mounts, in the hope that their combined strength will be adequate. I expect they will be OK, just nowhere near as nice as the older ones. Still and all...I guess it has been nearly 13 years since we bought the other ones. Can't win 'em all.

Here's a couple of shots from the bottom and top of the first set of stairs.
Awesome!! looks like you're walking inside a tree
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I wish I had so many clamps. How many do you have? dorf dude...
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Hi Shu: by the strangest of coincidences I just posted on your thread!

I just got the leg/stretcher assembly pounded - and I mean REALLY pounded into the top. I think I should have trimmed 1/16" or 1/8" inch off each tenon. Too late now, a nuclear bomb couldn't separate this thing.
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That thing in the middle that looks like a porcupine on steroids is just the deadman getting glued up. Yeah, I know, two or three clamps would have done the job, but 20 makes damn sure of it.
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FINALLY! Sunny side up!
Still quite a bit to do, but at least it's up the right way now. The slot in the bottom of the left front leg is for the guide which will be attached to the bottom of the leg vise.
There will be a crochet attached to the upper left side, plus the twin screw vise will be attached to the right hand end.
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I am very impressed in what you do...the 'speak'..tenons..etc, and now you have a fantastic 'grasp' of the 'medium'..ie computer 'write ups and photos..so it, for me is just a 'techno-"buz" trip"! Love it!! Maybe in 2 weeks will bring my "love" from the Driveway to the Garage..I hope!! Wife very happy I not do install of kitchen.., so as of yesterday sold all of the "old stuff" from kitchen, ( cupboards, appliances), so I feel positive, can get VW.."all Done", by Spring!! And my "reno" neighbour comes tomorrow!! Dam the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!!
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Hi scoggy:
I guess I have been hanging around bits of wood long enough that some of the terminology has rubbed off. But as for any computer expertise...I only got my very first computer (this one) in October of '07. I'm afraid I still have all the novice attributes as far as that goes. Got my first - and only - digital camera then as well. So, expert I'm definitely not!
Back in a little while with some more about the bench. All is not going perfectly as you shall see.
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Before we get to the bad news, here is the deadman installed. The holes are set at increments of 5/8". No particular reason for that, it just looks OK and gives me lots of holes to pick from. The deadman just sits loosely on the front stretcher and slides easily left and right. Its' purpose is to hold up a long board at a convenient height to be worked on. I'll give a demo when everything's done.
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