First, I drilled the holes for the handles, here it is with one 3/4” pipe in place (I don’t have two…):
I also added screws to help with the shearing force. not sure if it was wise:
another addition was more screws to hold the parts of the circle together, as i was afraid the edge will catch:
now I could set my mind on the frame… first comes denailing. For those of you who never worked with recycled timber, here is a photo if a relatively easy to denail piece of Rimu:
usually each piece has about 10-20 nails per meter… the worse ones are the 3 3/4. they nailed them into the frame while the timber was still wet and it shrank around them. very hard to denail…
Lengths of timber were cut to length (about 1.2M long) drilled, counterbored and joined with coach bolts:
Couldn’t resist a small test:
So far so good!
now for the vertical supports:
they were actually pretty hard to put in place as I only had 4” bolts so had to drill deep. I should also get some extra long drill bits. I should have gone with different joining method, as i think this will make the bracing too weak.
Finally for today, the back brace:
If you are wondering what is the black arrow, its just marking a nail that was broken in the timber.
tomorrow i wont be able to work on this, so i am not sure it will be ready for the weekend.
worse comes to worse, i’ll bring it with me and finish it there.
Thanks for reading!
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