I’ve been lucky with the weather this week. It has been warm just about every evening when I came home from work. So I was able to get an hour or so in the shop a few evenings. Over the course of this week I have been prepping the parts for the rear frame assembly. My plywood wood order arrived about mid-week and tonight I brought everything together.
First order of business was to measure and cut the birch ply panel for the frame. I’m pretty happy with the pieces I received in this order. No damage, flat and some attractive grain patterns. Sometimes I get lucky. I sawed the panel out with my trusty old Shark ryoba.
Then I sanded the panel up thru 220 grit.
Parts all prepped and staged ready for assembly.
Then it was a controlled frenzy of glue brush, mallet blows and clamps while Led Zeppelin Four was playing. Next I installed all of the wedges to lock the assembly together. I’m all but positive that I don’t need to glue these assemblies, but I’m still too chicken to actually skip the glue.
Here is a look inside the assembled and wedged joint. I aim for the wedges to only extend thru to the depth of the bottom of the square mortise. This lessens the chances of a split. I only flare the mortise to this depth as well. Leaving the base of the tenon tightly fitted into the mortise. I have yet to find any empirical evidence to support this arrangement, but I have yet to split any tenons either.
Tomorrow I’ll tackle the rest of the panels and hopefully the glue up of the entire carcass.