Elegant solutions are the best.

Elegant solutions are the best.

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

They say that the simplest solutions are the best. This was brought home to me when gluing up the legs on the table mentioned in my previous blog. The legs were a complex shape, curving in towards the centre. I thought I would be able to clamp up just using clamps positioned vertically. On the dry run everything seemed to be fine with the joints all closing up well.

However I should have known that things would not be so straight forward when the glue was introduced! The joints did not close up properly, partly because the cross members flexed under the pressure. I added supports centrally to prevent this but still gaps appeared on the outer shoulders. So I arranged for clamps on the outer edges. It was starting to look like a clamp fest!

Circular table being clamped up.

No room for any more clamps!

I decided there must be a simpler, more elegant way of doing it. The clamps came off and the rapidly setting joints were parted and cleaned up and I decided to sleep on it.