I’m not sure what you call the pieces on the side that make the whole thing open, so I’ll call them struts.
I knew the whole thing is basically a bunch of parallelograms so I started with that in mind.
I drilled the three holes as accurately as I could in the center boxes.
The struts were made as identical as possible, the shorter ones being 4.5” center to center, the longer ones
are 9” center to center for the outside holes.
I mounted each strut to a center box hole then used an angle locator, the kind with a needle that always points straight up regardless of the angle of the side.
Each piece was positioned at 35 degrees, then an awl punched a hole in for the other holes. Tedious.
This is the result.
I’m going to take all the struts off and round the ends, then build a handle that comes up the middle.
I learned a lot about the various processes on this project, and I made a lot of mistakes. Isn’t that how you learn?
-- Learning to retire in Tampa, apparently it's not all that hard.