Back to the workshop on a dreary, overcast Saturday after yesterdays visit to the hospital for an endoscopy and time to put it all together.
Here is the idea for the strengthening ribs
Then cut some slots and holes in the boards for bungees and drainage. The idea here is that modern glue joints are so strong that you are better off having any slots in the middle of the boards rather than between them. Hmmm...we shall see
Using the festool domino just to line everything up with very small dominos
Then we glue up the centre beam using titebond 3. It has fast grab time and is totally waterproof. the fast grab allows us (me) to continue working after an hour of so of clamping. Great when you are a few clamps down!
With the beam sort of dry I routed the slots for the aluminium strengtheners. Again this is non scientific and as the bean seemed pretty strong maybe unnecessary
These are epoxied in using west system epoxy
Then with the aluminium in one side the messy job of putting the rest together again with dominos and eopxy
I elected to set the aluminium below the dominos so it is half in the sandwich adn half out as registering the boards without dominos or biscuits would be a nightmare with slippery epoxy
These will dry overnight for day three,
And just so we are ready i have laminated up a couple of timbers for the ends. Some purple heart which Keith had spare and some mahogany which will make a nice capping piece.
See you all tomorrow!