Here's the approach I took. On some scrap pieces I determined where the brads should be placed so there was no chance they'd come out on the front side -- not a good option. Masking tape was applied and a line drawn on it to mark the location:
|Ready to be Nailed|
The final step before assembly is to smooth out the surfaces with a smooth plane. This is probably one of my favorite tools, a Lie-Nielsen #4 Bronze Smooth Plane. I took these pictures and hope that you can see the slight yet significant difference in the surface before and after the Smooth Plane has worked it's magic. Here it is before:
Checking the temperature in the shop when I completed the end table pieces and seeing that it was in the high 80's I decided to give in to my impulse and get some assembly done. I decided to go ahead since there would only be two joints to glue and get together at a time. Hopefully the weather cooperates and gives me a low 80 degree reading in the morning. Then I can get Diane's help to assemble the two end tables.
Here's how they look paired up and drying. Just checked the temp and at 4:45 this afternoon it's a toasty 101 and the glue would set up before the clamps are in place!
|First Look at some Legs!|