handsawgeek's Lathe Stand: A Hand Tool Build For a Tailed Appliance #5: "With This Ring, I Thee Bore..."

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 08-19-2014 01:11 PM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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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….

-- Ed

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 04:14 PM

Well done. It’ll be fun to see how this comes out. It looks well made so far.

And here I thought everybody used their wedding ring to drill perfect vertical holes. Ok, just kidding. I love all of these old simple tricks to insure accuracy. If everybody knew them Woodpecker would be out of business in just a few days. They keep sending me adds for expense solutions to problems that can be solved with things like wedding rings, (Although after 48 years I think mine has grown into my finger).

another trick you might not know is that a wedding ring also can be used as an egg cup in a pinch, or to get married with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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