Thursday: I spent about a half-hour in the 'room' today. I sanded the first 2 pieces of the top rail, realized that I needed to tidy up the place or kill myself from a fall. There was a lot of sawdust on the floor and it was very slippery. Still is, actually, but not so much stuff to fall over.
I am still frustrated by the disgusting mess of my Fibre-Op installation which will eventually have to be placed in some sort of cabinet, but will need some protection from the sanding dust in the meantime. I also have to do the battery replacement when I settle down to it.
The sanding is pretty simple - Tomorrow might be a good day to finish that. done
Step 2 will be drill, nail and glue these pieces on. I hope I figure that out correctly. I don't really want to screw and countersink and fill. done
Step 3 will be to figure out if I have enough narrow pieces to make a border along the top. This may require some saw work on the leftover pieces.
Step 4 will be to measure, cut, sand and fasten the 2 pieces along the bottom. This will be fussy.
Step 5 will be varnish and filling the nail holes
============================================== Tools of the Day
Friday: I am impressed with myself. Today I gathered my tools and set to work and the top rail regardless of my intimidation with figuring out drill and nail sizes to make it work. I just took a wild shot and it seems ok. I am disappointed in my joints - I need a better tool or a better strategy. However, a little filler will help I hope, and who's going to examine them anyway.
These play pads make my physical joints quite happy as I kneel on the floor to do the drilling.
Drilling a Lot of Holes
Drilling the holes was an easy job. I put a piece of softwood underneath and drilled until I felt the drill go through the top piece. Sometimes the drill continued past the bottom, and past the foam sheet. I now have several small holes in my hardwood floor. Duh. I thought of this about 3/4 of the way through the job, and put a second board under the softwood. Dumb.
Glue Glue. It is possible to use too much glue. This I discovered on the first glueing, and added a wet cloth to my tool supply.
The first 1 pieces are on. I think this will go ok. By the end of the day, with several stops to follow the inauguration, I was done....except for a tiny piece between the windows which I forgot about, and which I think ended up in the basement earlier for a sample piece. Tomorrow.
First 2 are done!