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  • #21030
    David R.
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    Another project: I need to build shelves for the kids room this saturday (let’s see how far I get). Because I don’t have the time for an overly sophisticated construction and it won’t have to last a century, I thought I might give clinching a try, after seeing this video on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnMvTbqJYmA

    I expect this technique to work well for the shelves. I plan to combine two 6-7″ boards for the side parts and the shelf boards. The width will be around 9 1/2′ in three compartments. depth around 1’2″.

    What do you thing? Fairly reasonable?

    from Germany

    #21035
    jgust747
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    If you are just going for something quick why not just glue and screw it together? Pocket screws are less exposed and will hold it together while the glue dries.
    I would be concern that the little ones could scratch themselves on the exposed nail, but it’s probably unlikely. i think it would work and it would probably last for a long time I have seen over 100 year old doors that were clinched together.

    Dallas, Texas

    #21036
    John Moore
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    I think that would be a fun way to make shelves. Take a couple of photos and share if you have the time. Thanks.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    #21038
    David R.
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    If you are just going for something quick why not just glue and screw it together? Pocket screws are less exposed and will hold it together while the glue dries.<br>
    I would be concern that the little ones could scratch themselves on the exposed nail, but it’s probably unlikely. i think it would work and it would probably last for a long time I have seen over 100 year old doors that were clinched together.

    I don’t even have a pocket screw jig. Also, I think it would actually be less sturdy (albeit enough still), because the contact surface would be smaller. And I like the idea of using an archaic technique. I am hesitant in using screws on a piece made with hand tools. In my mind, it just doesn’t fit.

    Regarding the nails, if I do it correctly, only a rounded section of the nail should be exposed. I think they will be more likely to get a splinter from me being impatient and not working rigorously enough.

    I thank you for the suggestion and your opinion.

    from Germany

    #21039
    jgust747
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    Have fun with the build. As long it’s working there’s no wrong way of doing it.

    Dallas, Texas

    #21103
    David R.
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    Well, that didn’t go as fast as I hoped, but at least I got started. Went to the hardware store and got 35 planks of 7′ x 6″ x 7/8″ (+10 3″ wide ones) formwork boards, the only non planed boards I found in the size I wanted, and a few pounds of nails. I managed to plane 4 of them, though I spent some time polishing the plane sole and the back of the cutting iron. I think I start to get the hang of sharpening the iron like Paul showed in his video. Resharpening is quite fast.

    The boards are very knotty and one board had a different grain direction on the right and left portion of one side. Grain direction is alternating all the time as well. They turned out far from perfect, but they are much less cupped now, acceptably straight and should do the job.

    One image shows a rough board to the right and the four planed ones stacked to the left. The other is the remainder of the raw material that I need to plane. Guess that will be some good practice for when I build a workbench or any other finer project.

    David

    from Germany

    #24466
    David R.
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    An update to this project.

    I finished one shelf unit yesterday and like to share the result. Let’s say it works. The stiffener was very necessary; it is inset from the back, so it is flush. I hope the second one will not take as long.

    Merry christmas.

    David

    from Germany

    #24482
    John Moore
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    I like the clinching idea. That looks like a great project to tackle. Thanks for sharing.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    #24604
    BrianJ
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    I really like this idea, blanket boxes, planter boxes with the right nails.

    Ontario, Canada

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