I told you I was no good at woodwork. Now that the roof box is nearing completion I can see the mistakes I made. It may astonish you to find that my box is less than perfect. It doesn’t surprise me, just like any software I write, it doesn’t have faults, I prefer to call them features. Read on below to learn how to include the same features yourself so your work can look home made like mine. No-one could possibly think mine was professionally made. What would be the point of that? First though, lets look at where I’m at. Here is the box minus its floor and the “gable ends” (more of which later).
The picture shows the box turned upside down. Just like an insect, it now has six feet. Here’s a close up of one of the feet the right way up.
Such exquisite joinery. I put one piece of wood against another with a dob of glue, then drive in a screw. This time I used Gorilla glue, I figured that if it’ll glue gorillas together it must be strong. So what you see here is a corner of the box, where the grey leg is glued and screwed (from the outside) to the cream side planks, and there’s end of the (new design) rail which will support the loose laid floor boards. At least i hope it will. Believe me, if I can do it, anybody can. I doubt very much if it is mega strong, but it only has to sit there rather than being hoiked about and stressed. The feet are cut off at a cunning angle to allow for the curve / slope of the boat roof.
So what incompetencies can you learn from me?
1. Buying wood. I get mine from Wickes, which I dare say is no worse than anywhere else. I know by now that wood is never flat and straight. It might be when they cut and plane it, but wood of this quality is not stable. if you’re as useless as me, you’ll grab a pack off the shelf and find out how bad it is when you get home. That’s why the plank at one of the box ends is charmingly dished so that it doesn’t lie flat against the leg, thus weakening the corner. i had to resort to making little wooden wedges to fill the gaps. Smart people take a good look at the wood in the shop and sort through to find the good bits. Bah! Boring.
2. Precision. Why not be like me and measure to the nearest millimetre before casually sawing somewhere near the line? It makes it so much more fun trying to make the corners of the box meet, especially when your right angles are anywhere between 86 and 94 degrees. The charming little gaps so produced in the joints are ideal as homes for spiders and the like (doing my bit for the environment. I might designate the box as organic.) and the rain can get in to keep the wood from drying out.
I am however, very proud to say that i did remember to measure my car boot before I glued the box together, and the assembled box will fit in for taking the box up to Herbie. At least I think it will.
Well we’re near the end of this project. Just the gable ends and the ridge pole for the cover to complete. I have cunning plans /new designs for both items so stay tuned.