All of the components of the main frame structure are now cut and smoothed. Time to bore the holes for the 5/16” x 3” lag screws that will hold it all together. The holes will be counter sunk with large enough diameter to accommodate the screw hex heads as well as clearance for the socket that will drive them home.
Since this is a simple, common operation, I will refrain from ‘boring’ you with further details.
Except to say that the work will all be done using the trusty brace and auger bits that I just so happen to have sitting around the vicinity.
Now, we get to the reference of the ‘ring’ mentioned in the title of this blog entry.
(Cue the ‘Ring Theme’ music from the The Lord of the Rings movie).
I ran across this tip from an old-timer craftsman.
This gentleman would slip his plain wedding band onto the shaft of his auger bits whenever he bored a hole with the brace held horizontally. By maintaining the position of the ring in the same spot on the shaft as it turned, he knew that his tool was square to the work in the vertical direction. Then all he had to do was maintain the tool square in the horizontal by eye. Ingenious.
Of course, some of our spouses may object to such use of our wedding bands. In that case a metal key ring would serve just as well.
Now that the rail holes are done, it’s just a simple matter of drilling pilot holes in the frame sides:
And assembling the pieces:
Incidently, I haven’t seen sawdustike for a few days.
Maybe he stepped out for a cold one with tinkertoydude….
More to come….