Thursday, October 27
At this point I cut the panels to finished width and rough length. You'll see why in just a bit.
Then I center the ribbon panels on the backer panels and glue the two together. The backers are needed as a stable surface to which to glue the tray rails. The ribbon panels, being solid wood, will expand and contract a little across their width, making them a poor foundation for the rails. This assembly leaves just a scosh of expansion room inside the rail assembly yet allows me to glue the rails solidly to the backer.
While the glue on those tries I make the parts blanks I'll need for the tray stand, pieces. Rail stock has already been milled, I'll cut it to length later.
I cut out the curves on the band saw and finish them off on the big belt sander.
I also got the stand parts made and the sub-assemblies put together. I'll let the glue dry overnight because I 'm out of time for today. Time to pack up and head for home: Marie will be arriving soon with a truck-load of groceries and I'll need to help carry then in the house. Tomorrow I should complete assembly of the tables and possibly the stand as well. All that will be left then will be the finish sanding and applying the finish.
I'm running a little behind on the scheduled completion time because I was sick as a dog for a week, but even with that I'm only a couple of days late now. And we are no longer promising delivery dates, because we are no longer doing custom work.
See you tomorrow!