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Getting a bit closer to the finish line, now.    Got the top all fsatened down.   But, it didn't go without a fight...

 

Made some cleats, one for each end to also act as kickers for the drawers and one for across the center.   Hmmm something a little off here...ok.  Put the top top down on the bench.  Put the base into place....ah, base is "racked" a bit.   Got the center line set, and added a screw through the cleats ( and, it turns out, right on through the top..oops)   then grabbed a long clamp.   set at a diagonal, the idea is to pull the "long" direction back into square.  Well almost.   And then, after grinding the screws a 1/2" shorter and making skinny pilot holes, screwed the rest down.    Cleats were screw and glued to the aprons, a ;look at the mess?

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The center cleat.   Note on the apron where two holes are?  Counter-bored to accept plugs later( Walnut, Cherry, or Pine?) The cleat on an end?

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Ah, three holes?  well, when the center strips out, one adds a few more.   Someday, this shop will have the right sized screws for the job, maybe.   Flipped the unit up on the bottom stretchers

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Looking a bit better?  The ugly hole will get a drawer in it later, I HOPE.    Anyway. with the unit sitting up where I can actually work on it, and see what I am doing.   Needed to size, at least roughly, a plywood panel.  Tape measure to find the length and widths.   A 4' level as a straight edge ( works good, as long as it doesn't MOVE on you) and get out a vintage saw or two...

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Yep, an all metal Sears Craftsman 7-1/4" saw.  Sitting on the off-cuts.   Never mind that can...

Needed to cut notches, though, as the legs wanted to "intrude" on things

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Took the now sized panel and marked where the notches will be

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Once all four were marked up, clamped the panel back down to the bench, again.  And grabbed yet another "Vintage saw"

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When was the last time B&D made an all metal sabre saw?   Ok, got the four notches cut

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And tried a test fit.....hmm, straight edge must have moved?  Needed to scribe a line from 1/4" down to zero along the one edge.  Clamped the panel back onto the bench, circular saw to cut  the line.   Another test fit....will work, IF I set it in a certain way.    Filled the rebates with Elmers, set the panel in....and reset the panel in,   Hammer to persuade things a bit.   Nailed the panel down with 5/8" brads held with needle nose pliers ( aka finger savers).   Then a palm sander to sand the plywood a bit as it was rough.    Went over all flat areas with a sander and 60 grit squares.  Looking a little better, now

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and added some feet to the legs

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To save the kitchen floor.   Next up? Well, after all that dust settles, might try my hand at drawer making......stay tuned to this Very Batty Channel.....

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Since you mentioned it John, I wonder if any of the wood working or other shows like this have any "blooper" shows?

When we're watching them you just know they made some goofs along the way.

 

 

I would almost bet they do. Things just happen and they have to happen to all of us at some point and time.

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