Post Face

only had to concentrate on two. (The other side piece was used as a spacer to keep everything square.)

The other thing I did was to use tape to help spot clamp the posts. Wherever you find a gap, simply close it up with one of the clamps, then wrap it tight with some tape, as shown in the margin photo at left. (I like to use masking or packing tape for this.) The tape is plenty strong to hold the pieces together after they've been pulled tight by the clamp, and with the tape in place, you can reposition the clamp to close up another gap.

of each post, as in Fig. la. To do this, it's easiest to use the table saw, and by flipping the piece end for end between passes, these grooves will be centered automatically.

ASSEMBLY. At this point, the posts are ready to be glued together. Of course, with pieces that are nearly five feet long, it would take a whole lot of clamps to pull the rabbets tight along the entire length of the posts. But I did two things to get around this problem. First, I only glued the two faces to one side piece at a time. That way, instead of trying to make sure all four joint lines were tight, I

Long posts require a lot of clamps, but you can work around this. Once a section is pulled tight, you can secure it with tape and then reposition the clamp.

SECTION VT VIEW p

Rout chamfer down to joint line —

So FILLER STRIP

or sand strips flush with post

So FILLER STRIP

NOTE:

Add filler strips after trimming posts to length V

or sand strips flush with post

Rabbets L match thickness of sides

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