Saturday, September 1, 2012
If All Else Fails.....Read the Directions...
I decided to see if I wanted an outside staircase on the Weaver's workshop or not.
We took the kit out. Cut the plastic shrink wrap and pulled out the directions.
The very first sentence of the directions is, "Label all parts in light pencil before removing from the sheet.
What would you do? I very carefully removed the plastic shrink wrap. I had to lift it off of the work surface to get the back off....Oops!
See all of those pieces that Tessie has in hand?
Those very neatly dropped off of the bottom sheet and into a messy pile. I think that Greenleaf should put a warning sign before they tell you to label the pieces....Like "Do not remove the plastic wrap!"
After I finish here, I will probably spend the next 15 to 20 minutes trying to figure out what these pieces are and carefully labeling them.
Most irritating development.
Of course the ones that you use first are the pieces that make up the corner posts. It tells me to stick three of them together...(warped) I did the old dots of glue trick. Instead of a line of glue down the strips, that would warp them worse, I put dots about an inch apart.
Then I found a square corner to clamp them to. Unfortunately the gluing jig is too short. My lap table works just fine.
I have all six posts(18 pieces) glued and forced into straightness. Between Tessie and I, we squeezed them into submission.
Whilst they are drying, we are going back to see if we can identify about 15 pieces of wood that are somewhat similar and were stuck to one another. When they dropped out, they left one big hole....It is not going to be like a jigsaw puzzle, where you have clues with little tabs.
Like I said, this could take a while. Hopefully we will figure it out before tomorrow and have a finished staircase for you to see.
As usual, I can't leave well enough alone. It may end up being a completely different staircase than the one in the illustration. Wish us luck!
See you tomorrow.