Finally got started on my first build a couple days ago.
I decided on a full vertical marty – like kevings
. Also from Kevin, I bought a Stereo Integrity 18 D2 which is great so I don’t have to wait another ~month to get my pre-ordered SI 18.
I have a lot of great tools to get the job done right but the one corner I cut immediately was having the guy at Home depot cut the sheets of MDF in half for me so I could get them home easier, and also work with them easier. I’m doing all of this by myself so I didn’t want to have to move around full sheets of MDF and try and cut them alone. I wasn’t worried about the guy cutting them perfectly accurately because the full sheets are a little bit bigger than 48x96, so I had a little room to play and I would make more exact cuts at home. What I didn’t really think about was that the cuts from Home Deport wouldn’t come out perfectly square. I don’t know it’s possible with a saw that just slides down a straight track, but there’s about a 1/16 discrepancy in width across from top to bottom on the sheets.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until after I did most of the cuts. I measured the distance I need, drew a line, and cut with a circular saw. Probably should have paid more attention.
Day one it was raining, so I thought I could maybe just start some cuts in the garage
All it took was one cut for me to call it a day. MDF dust is unreal. Everything in my little garage was covered in fine sawdust.
So on to day 2.
I used the miter saw to make these right angle brackets so that I could clamp panels in place while I glued/nailed. Helped a lot.
I’m apparently really bad freehand with a circular saw. I have a table saw but it’s not big enough to handle these sheets - but I did use it to cut the 3” rails and it was great. I wish I had a full size table saw.
I found an old garage door rail guide in the garage and used it as a straight-edge, along with a little guide I cut on the table saw that was the width of the circular base plate so I could line the guide up easier.
Obviously it helped me get straight cuts but even so, I have a lot of 1/16" overhang. Here's some photos you don't see very often on these forums: screw ups.
It might be that I'm really bad at measuring, or cutting... or both. But I'm still going to blame it on the Home Depot guy.
We'll just have to see how the 2nd build goes in a few weeks.
All in all it's coming together and I'm really enjoying the whole process, even if it does look like kind of a mess