Right then.. Sunday more or less to myself.. what to do? Sleep? - just done that. Watch TV? - nope. Take drink? - not in the mood. Ah-ha!! - lets start the baseboard for Huge Tools seeing I've to go to work anway for kitten duties. So that is what I did.
I found a long pallet in a local skip last week, it has provided four 8' lengths of 3" x 1/2" ply, which needed to be de-nailed and sanded. No problem there, and just enough for the underframing of all three boards with a very little left over.
Next some measuring, a very rough diagram and some thinking. The whole thing is 8' 4" long, the main board is 4' 4". I decided to make the ends and sides for the main board first, mainly because I have the ply for the top and not for the other two.
So, after some measuring, cutting and glueing, we have this:2017-05-21 12.49.28
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which is the main section with both bits of ply screwed / glued together. One is 4' x 22", the other 4" x 22" to give the required length. 4' 4" fits the back of my wee van with an inch to spare at either end, which is why its the length it is.
The bits on the top clamped are the front sides made from reclaimed pallet, with a 1cm square piece glued on to the back edge to give some strength, alignment and also something for the screws to bite into when it is fitted.
While I was making similar pieces for the back edge and the ends, the PVA for the front edges dried, so I was able to fit them, and clamp up the back edge pieces:2017-05-21 13.50.47
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There is a 4" gap in the front at the centre to recess the connectors for the front controller and panel into to save damage in transit. There will be a 6" gap at the back as more will be connected there, out of sight.
There will also be 2 three pin XLR sockets mounted into the rear pieces to carry the current to the two extension boards. As there are no points etc on the extensions, all that is needed is the output from the controllers to them, so this makes the wiring quite simple. I'll make two short jump cables for this job.
That's it for today - off home soon, possibly for another look at the fireless crane.