Our second winter of the year is definitely here, just as warm, but plenty of storms! So the Kiosk roof is on hold now, probably until November, when we are back to summer again.
In the mean time, all woodwork came to a halt a little over a week ago, with the arrival of a new family member, a four legged one, we wanted a companion for our schnauzer, so took on a rescue dog, that had been abused, the first three days we thought it was the biggest mistake we had made, he is only a small collie cross, but he made life hell for our other dog, and we thought he would have to go back, but then the light switch came on, and fortunately now they are bosom buddies, and I have been able to get back to some woodwork.
I have been spending my time making jigs, my wall is now plastered with them, and they are all getting used. As I have mentioned before, I have been looking for pipe clamps, but those here in Colombia are ridiculously expensive, and I cannot even warrant importing just the parts and buying the pipes here due to cost, then yesterday I came upon what seemed an easy way to make my own Pipe Clamps in Pinterest from an article in Popular Science June 1960;
OK it says to make the wooden parts from 4” timber, but I have 3”X3” mahogany, and thought I could adapt the design to use that. I also had some EMT conduit left over from building my new lumber racks a couple of weeks ago, enough to make one 3’ and one 4’ clamp, I only had to go out and buy the eyebolts.
So I started with this:
Then cut out the parts, for two clamps there are only six!
Drilled the pipes at 1” invervals, this was the hardest part, I ended up drawing a line down the pipe, then using a punch, first before drilling, even then the alignment is not perfect.
I then drilled the wooden ends to accept the pipe, and the handle;
The next job was to thread the wood to adjust the eye bolt / handle
but true to form, the eye bolts are not 3/8” as purchased, they are a little under, so I ended up insetting a nut with expoxy
The adjustment is done using a nail, which slots through the timber into the pipe, simple but effective.
So now I have two, that appear to work, and when I get some more pipe, I will be making a couple more.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright