|Project by jiggles||posted 08-06-2015 01:39 PM||1288 views||5 times favorited||4 comments|
This is my second latest project. I used 8/4 vertical grain Douglas Fir. I used Mortise and tenon joinery except for attaching the top piece. There I used wood screws located in the mortises for the uprights where they wouldn’t be seen. I drilled 3/4” holes in the bottom of the uprights, centered of course, and inserted 3/4” all thread rods about 18” long. The holes where as deep as my spade bit was long after inserting the bit into my drill chuck. I had a piece of 4” pvc pipe which I used as the form, this was a very good fit for my post hole digger. I then mixed up my concrete, poured it into the holes and stuck the Torii with all thread rods installed into the concrete mix. I used a 2×4 scrap, laid on its side, over each concrete hole to keep the space/level even for the Torii, then propped the Torii so it was level vertically and let the concrete set. I didn’t epoxy the all thread into the uprights so I could remove the sign in the future for lawn maintenance or sign maintenance if needed. I used simple eye hooks to hang the number plaque. I spray painted them for protection and color coordination with the numbers. My wife painted the Torii to match our home colors (when we get through painting the house)(another project we are working on.
PS. There are only 4 screws in this whole assembly as described above, the rest of the joinery is just mortise/tenon and glue.
-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas