I’d love to be able to say that all went well in this weekends pergola work, but sadly that’s not the case. The jig performed as expected, and dare I say was doing a grand job until all of a sudden something went horribly wrong.
The wood was just to much for the equipment. Either the 3” pattern bit (1/2”) bent or I’ve forever damaged the shaft of my $300 – $400 Bosch router, I’m hoping it’s the bit. But it suddenly started to vibrate uncontrollably, chattering and making a hell of a noise. Needless to say that put an end to cutting the notches.
I’m just going to have to put the pergola together with construction grade joist hangers and rafter ties. So much for trying to apply fine woodworking techniques to construction grade lumber. I just couldn’t pull it off.
Probably next week I’ll be putting the pergola up using construction techniques instead. It’ll go up quicker, it just won’t look as awesome as I had hoped. Oh well… some things just aren’t meant to be.
Stay tuned… :(
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