Here's one of Audrey's Christmas presents that I built for her in December! I followed the plans for this kitchen helper from the Wood Whisperer! Thanks Marc! Great plans and how to video! Like most kids Audrey's age, she loves to be with us when we are cooking in the kitchen. Audrey would drag a kitchen chair from the dining room to the counters so she could climb up and help with whatever was being made. This of course worked great until she fell off the chair a couple of times. Thus the kitchen helper needed to be built!
I followed Marc's plans and videos on YouTube which helped immensely to make this a fairly straight forward build. The key was getting all of the lumber flat and squared up before cutting out the angled areas.
When applying glue, make sure that you have not dry areas where glue should be to ensure you have good adherence along each strip in the panel. When clamping pressure is applied, glue should squeeze out along the joint to show that you have have enough glue to bond the surfaces together. Another common mistake is when clamping, people apply too much clamping pressure thinking that the tighter the clamp, the stronger the joint, this is wrong! If you take the time to ensure your lumber is flat and square, your clamps are simply used to hold the mating surfaces together to allow the glue to dry and bond the surfaces together. Glue joints will be stronger than the fibres of the wood if completed properly.
After about 1 hour, I used a paint scraper to remove the glue squeeze out and left the panel to dry overnight before sanding and cutting it to size once the rest of the helper frame was completed and assembled. I didn't take a bunch of photos of the build process as I was in the middle of a bunch of Christmas projects and figured I'd add links to Marc's page and videos here.