One of my design considerations for this beast is that it be made completely from mediocre dimensional, or at least Big Box lumber. A part of my reasoning for using this MO is that I cannot afford enough quality hardwood lumber to complete the project at this juncture. I still feel this is a good premise; furthermore, perhaps I can get all the goobers and boo-boos out of the way before I build the final showcase ideal model. In the meantime I’ll be able to get some turning experience in.
And here comes the “But…”
After beginning to assemble the frame over the weekend, I began to notice that a couple of the upright pieces didn’t really want to sit flat on the assembly table. Further investigation revealed that in the time it took me to prepare the rear way, it had taken a notion to, shall we say, go it’s own way. That twist was NOT there when I started, and the lesson is that there is meaning to the fact that your supposedly kiln-dried material is forming puddles of water rather than piles of sawdust on your workbench as you saw. Hmmm. It was back to the Big Box store, down the dimensional lumber aisle, and to the more expensive 2×4 stack. And then, back to the bench.
I’ve re-cut that way, and have found my joints aren’t as tight as they were the first go-round. Figures. The good news is that the feet of the uprights all sit flush on the assembly table. My next step will be to finish bolting the ways to the legs and then to add the diagonals that capture the flywheel.
-- There's no tool like an old tool...