I jolted awake in the wee hours of the morning with a sobering realization. I hadn’t ordered any plywood panels for this tansu. Which meant that I was pretty much dead in the water until I had ply in hand. The only thing that I could do today was dress the pieces for the front frame and glue it up. So that is what I did.
I sharpened the blade for my #4 as well as all of my chisels. Then dressed the frame pieces that would be difficult, if not impossible, to get to once assembled. I also trimmed the waste from the ends of the top and bottom rails finishing those up by adding the decorative bevel. I dug around in the hardwood scrap box and found some cherry from which to make the wedges. I sized the block to fit the width of the mortises and cut the wedges. One last dry fit and I was ready for glue.
I’ve talked about this before but this little silicone glue tray is fantastic. Glue just simply doesn’t stick to it. You can either wash out the glue before it dries or let the glue dry and peel it out clean.
Liquid hide glue is what I used for this assembly. I need the extended open time for assembling all of these parts. I’m not sure I would even try to tackle this with PVA glue. Even with the hide glue I could feel a couple of the joints starting to grab towards the end of the glue up.
Another benefit of liquid hide glue is the water content. Why? Because it swells any of the compressed fibers of the wood and makes a decent joint close up tight. I actually use this to my advantage when fitting joints. I’ll compress the fibers of tenons by hitting them with a hammer. It makes assembly easier and the glue swells them back out tight.
The entire assembly is mostly reliant on the installation of the wedges. Once these are installed the assembly is locked together.
Not a lot of progress, but progress non the less. Oh…I ordered plywood and should have it by this Wednesday.