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framing travel pictures, buying clamps, fireplace hearth trim

This morning, "J" and I went to a framing store (after dropping off "T" at school) to get some pictures from our Maine trip into nice, matted frames. I look forward to seeing the results.

Also this morning, "A" visited. I think she stuck around longer than usual for her.

After picking up T, we went to a discount tool store, mostly to buy a bunch of cheap clamps for the edge-to-edge gluing I'll do on all the oak that arrived on Tuesday. I bought out their entire stock of 18 inch bar clamps – 14 of them – and picked up a few small spring clamps too.

During the day, I did a little more work on the fireplace hearth quarter-round trim, joining some corners. I trimmed the front center piece of quarter-round (already joined to the front right piece) to length and miter on its left end, and glued it to the front left piece. That corner of the fireplace hearth is an accurate 135°, so it was easy to match it to my 135° brace.

I also glued the back left (#1) corner brace to the back left piece of quarter-round. That hearth corner is about 135½°, so I'll have to be careful when I glue that piece to the next piece.
Nerdy digression: I'm using foaming urethane glue, which fills gaps quite nicely, even if the manufacturer's instructions say that it has no structural strength as a filler. If I assume both the quarter-round and my 135° brace are perfect surfaces, that half degree of error is about 0.02 inch (0.5 mm) over the 2¼ inch length of the brace arm.

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