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Intimidated, but Took the Plunge.....

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I've elected to glue my back on first then the top. For some reason, routing the slots in the sides for the back/top braces intimidated me. I guess I was aftaid I would cut them too deep.....or too wide.....or get the back aligned crooked where the center seams wouldn't align.

Anyhow, I read the procedure in Bill's manual a couple of times and marked the sides where I needed to route last night. Previously, I had made a block sander with the sandpaper recessed 1/10" and had sanded the ends of the back braces to that thickness. I purchased a Porter Cable 310 laminate trimmer a few weeks back so this was the first time to use it.

I wasn't sure what size bit would be best and I didn't have many 1/4" shank bits in stock.....but I found a brand new one in the stash that was 1/8" wide so I figured I would use it. I set the depth of the bit using the same block I had used to sand the end of the braces and the depth worked out fine.

After all that worrying, turned out to be nothing. I was done routing in 10 minutes. Had one edge I had to cut slightly more.....and it was a perfect fit. Now I feel silly for putting this off so many nights when I could have had it knocked out a week or two ago. Go figure.

BTW, I loved using the PC my mind worth the extra $50 I payed for it. Setting the depth was very easy.

Nov 24, 09 | 4:52 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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Whew, I like happy endings.

I was terrified to use a router on my sides. So I used a little razor saw instead. In a youtube vid (I forget which one) there is a shot where Wayne Henderson cuts out his slots with a pocket knife.

Nov 24, 09 | 5:10 pm
Bill Cory

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That's what we like to hear!

I've found that none of this is as hard as we think it will be ... except pore filling maybe. :-)


Nov 25, 09 | 6:57 am

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Here is a question......but slightly off topic to this post (I'll ask it on it's own topic if I get no replies).

What grit sandpaper do you use to clean up the inside of the top and back and thier braces prior to assembly? I've thought about using a scraper on the back and sanding the back braces but the braces run sorta helter skelter on the top so I'm unsure how useful a scraper will be.

I'm out of town for a couple of days. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Nov 25, 09 | 12:32 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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I think it is up to you and how smooth a finish you desire inside. On the spruce, about 240 leaves a pretty nice finish. On the sides and back, if it is a rosewood, you might want to go to 400. Just what I've done, and I've been happy with the outcome. On my next one, I will probably spray some finish on the inside parts to help seal out moisture, so I will be sealing with Deft Sanding Sealer sprayed on. I think the same sanded finish will work about right.
And happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Nov 26, 09 | 2:15 am

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Check out this guy, he french polishes the insides. That's what I call attention to detail!

Nov 26, 09 | 9:14 am
Ken Hundley

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I ususally don't sand to more than 320. It is a nice clean look without adding any extra work.

Nov 27, 09 | 5:44 am
Ken C

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No french polishing here! I usually only sand to 220. I try to keep my work clean and have no visible glue. All I am concerned about is deep sanding scratches. I don't want too see any, and 220 gets me there.


Nov 27, 09 | 7:04 am

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably try a scraper and 220 grit first and only go finer if it appears needed.

Nov 29, 09 | 10:24 am

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