I finally finished the frame, or at least got it all glued up! I still need to do some cosmetic sanding to make it look nice, and there are a few notches I need to cut out of it still. All-in-all, I couldnt have asked for it to come out nicer. Everything seems to be square with no twists!
I REALLY wanted to get started making the wheels, as I anticipate that as being the most fun part! However, I do not have the shafting, bearings, or motor yet! I plan on buying the motor in the next few days. Maybe this weekend I can get started on the wheels.
The plans say you can use up to a 2HP motor. I was thinking about getting a 1.5HP motor from Harbor Freight, but not sure if this is overkill or not, or if the motors from HF are any good. Opinions would be appreciated!
Other than getting the frame done, i started making some of the other pieces…
I made the beam that the table/trunions sit on. This was a hard piece to make. Lots of holes, groves, angles, etc, etc, to cut out….
In this picture you can see a angled grove that needed to be cut out of the underside of the beam – this cutaway is to allow room for the wheel.
It was a bit tricky cutting it out. I first started cutting it out by hand with a little Japanese pull saw, and then cleaned it up with the chisel. After I got most of it cut out. I cleaned it up on the table saw. This is where it got tricky, and a little dangerous….
I clamped my table saw sled so it wouldnt move and set up stop blocks. I then raised the blade ever-so-slightly and slid the beam back and forth until it cleaned it up nice and neat! Worked really well actually. At first, I was a little comprehensive doing it, but it ended up feeling safe, so continued…
I also made the top wheel mount guides….
...and you can see in this pic I made the lower wheel mount. In the pictures I have it clamped back up, as one of the edges didnt seem like it glued completely shut. I forced some glue in the crack and reclamped it….hopefully it works, if not it was a pretty easy piece to create, so I’ll just redo it.
All the pieces except for the frame and wheels will be made out of white oak – the only reason for this is that I have a bunch lying around that I got for really cheap – so I might as well use it!
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-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!