Final assembly of the rack is what I have on the docket for Tuesday. Although I did not get this posted last night, I got nearly all of it done. That was partly due to the fact that I spent some time over the weekend in here working on the candle rack so it will be possible to deliver it Thursday morning - they need it for a service Thursday evening.
I also milled the parts for the toe cap, the legs, the leg spreader, and the leg mounts.
Over the weekend and Monday evening I also glued all the front baffles and the toe cap in between the front legs. That was a lot of fun, let me tell you! The rack is almost 4 feet wide and holding both ends of the baffle in perfect alignment while I installed a long bar clamp to press the sides (legs) in position against the baffle ends, without smearing glue all over everything, and doing this single handed, took some rather clever arrangements of clamps to position the parts while I placed and tightened the bar clamps.
I'll save the final round of finish sanding for after the candle rack is assembled to be sure I take off any rub marks or pressure spots left by clamps.
I sand all the parts and prefinish the areas inside the pivot joints.
While the glue dries I'm sanding the outside surfaces of the shelves.
That would be a bad thing!
The top cap gave me some trouble that I did not get resolved before I was called away for the evening, I'll finish that up Wednesday morning then get into the finish sanding and shooting of lacquer.
It rained all day Tuesday and is expected to do so again all day Wednesday, the high humidity makes things like wood filler, glue and lacquer dry much more slowly than it would on a dry day, so these will be long days since I HAVE to deliver it Thursday morning. Just one of the joys of custom furniture making.
See you next time!