Came home from the all day robotics competition, checked on progress from this morning 8:00am - 9:00am , it came out ok, LH side and front inner baffle glued on....
When you use clamps, you need to put them on in a certain order, to pull it tight in 1 plane, then the next.
At the same time, you don't want to lock a gap in, so it's a learned process to clamp correctly.
I always recommend people to dry clamp the pieces before committing to glue.
Top ................................................................ Front view
The rear was slightly fwd of the back of the LH top corner, I guess the read inner brace possible not perfect,
I used a spreader clamp to set that flush to the LH plate, needed to "set" the inner brace to the lH plate for a firm anchor to spread from.
I drilled a hole for 1 5/8" deck screw, a good idea but I was too close to the top, about 3/4" down. A full 2" down would have ensured the brace did not split like it did.
No biggie, upon glue drying I'm removing that screw, and fill up the hole later with wood filler.
you can see that brace split slightly. Later I'll add to Gorillias DIY FAQ tip on drilling hole sufficiently down from edge to avoid splitting.
Yea, a brad nail would have worked but my air gun was up stairs and the deck screw was readily available.
next up for Monday 12-9:
router rear for binding post cup
glue acoustic material on 4 sides of partially assembled box and top, making sure for top clearance to glue portions.
my boys took 6th place out of 14 teams, and they are 2nd and 4th graders competing against kids up to 8 grade.