I had hoped to be further along on this by now but progress is still progress I suppose. I am taking some vacation time next week so hopefully I can get this mostly done by the end of the first week of DEC leaving just a few simple tools left to complete the set for Christmas.
Anyhoo.. we left off with the rough joints brazed into the aluminum. After sanding for a few hours I finally broke down and picked up a belt sander for the shop. I had been tossing around needing one for about a year now and it was finally time to admit it was needed.
That got the bottom flattened in no time.
Then I picked up a drill press turning jig so I could knock out a front knob for this guy. It works but I wouldn’t try it for anything bigger than this. The important thing is that it worked lol.
I started with some walnut I have had sitting around waiting on just the right project.
Cut off a chunk and started turning. 3 days later and a lot of trial and error I finally had a knob like structure at the end of it.
Sanded that and rubbed on some dark walnut danish oil and wax then cut it loose..
Turned out a bit better than I had hoped. Just slightly smaller then the front knob from my #2 which is the perfect size.
Then today I started on the screw post hardware. It all started with some 1/2” brass rod. Stanley uses 7/16” threaded post tops but all I have is 1/2” and a 1/2” forstner bit so these are about 1/16” larger than a Stanley which is not that noticeable.
I cut a piece larger than I needed and trued up both ends. Drilled a hole in both ends and tapped them for 1/4-20. Measured and cut just above where the hole stops on both ends and cut a flat head slot in that. Chucked them into the drill press and sanded everything smooth and shiny.
Then I took a deep breath and drilled the post hole in the knob.
Next up is to make the tote for this guy as hinted at in some of the pics. Then I just need to finish up the rest of the structural bits and get this painted and assembled. Stay tuned!
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"