mesa boogie amp head #2: messy glue, nice clean up

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I got the pieces glued up and cleaned up. I used biscuits to join them. Thorrein suggested using splines. I wish I’d seen that before I did the biscuits because being only 7/16 thick, I had to use blocking to lift the material up so I could center the biscuits. Splines would have been half the effort. Probably twice the strength too. Oh well. Live and learn.

I laid the pieces on a piece of 1/4" ply and used a thin scrap between the material and the joiner fence to make up the difference. That centered the cut.

I never used gorilla glue before. Man, this stuff is messy. I got it all over.

It cleans up pretty easy, at least.

I learned something today. The glue up was not perfect. There was some lipping on the joints. After scraping some of the glue off, I pulled out my jack plane. I suck at hand planing. That’s not what I learned – I always knew that. After some frustration with the plane, I went back to scraping more glue using a wide chisel. I held it at about 90° and pulled with 2 hands. I noticed I was taking very thin curls of wood with the glue I was scraping off. Eureka! I chucked the plane and started scraping the high points instead. This worked MUCH better. No frustration, no tears, no blood, etc. And the result was great.

I finished it off with the ROS. This thing is really shaping up nicely. I was prepared for disaster – which still could come – but I’m more optimistic now.

Next up was getting my finger joint jig in shape. I figured out a way to adjust it so that’s what I did.

Here’s some scrap that I used to measure the adjustments. This is the last of about 6 adjustments. I’d say this is perfection. It’s tight but not so tight that I need to whack it. Just enough room for glue.

Looking good so far. I may be able to assemble this thing today. I’m waiting on my buddy to get back here with.. umm.. refreshments… We’ll see if anything gets finished today. I also need to shovel snow. Uggh. Will this winter ever end? I need to open my garage door sometimes.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

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Brian its really coming along nicely. Hey did you ever think about getting a card scraper. Oh by the way i did get mine to work. Lol i was over doing it On sharpening. Well your doing great work. Looking forward to the next update.

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Looks great brian. I had used a chisel like that on my bench top. The only difference was the chisel was a homade one I fashioned from a file years ago, it stays razor sharp forever. By adjusting the angle you use it as a scraper you can even flatten some areas quicker and with more control than any plane. I’ve had that little gem in my tool box for over twenty years. Recently I made another from a rasp but I don’t have it quite as sharp yet to replace a plane with yet.


I use them as some would use a block plane, but they fit into a tool pouch better, and they have a file as well as a nice handle.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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