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Forum topic by spooky1 posted 07-22-2013 06:34 AM 1308 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2013 06:34 AM

I have two projects already requested by my family for xmas 2013, I know early right? But they learned from last year that if you ask me on Dec 22nd for 6 things, I will not have time. So This is what they want

So The first is a French Riddling rack, where I need help is how to drill the angled holes into the lumber that are that big, it seems to me they are not only angled but oval, not a perfect circle. Any assistance there will help me out.

The second is a hidden weapons frame, the help I need there is the hinge mechanism that will hold the top open while you access your weapon, simple hinges will not work here, any idea what I should use?

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 06:55 AM

Re: picture #1, I’d bet the oval appearance of those holes is an optical illusion due to them being angled downward. To do that many I’d rig a fence to a drill press table, then tilt the table to the appropriate angle. Lay ‘em out and go to town. Or, if you want a workout, get a big auger and a brace and do them by hand.

For the hinge, rockler has an ugly, industrial-looking thing called an “overhead bin hinge”. Also search amazon (and/or google) for “folding shelf bracket”, maybe something like that would look better.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 11:20 AM

For picture #2 – you may want to search cabinet door lift system there are many choices blum even makes a few. Or you can use gas shocks with hinges you can search for “lid stay” or “gas assisted lid stay” some even have the soft close feature.

Good luck with the projects

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 11:26 AM

For #2, could you do away with the mechs and make the top come down? Just an idea.

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 01:32 PM

I’ve made 2 riddling racks and just used straight holes. They work just fine. Just an option.

Rack #1

Rack #2

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 02:47 PM

I’m not sure what kinda of hinges these are called, but I’ve used some that
are similar and they worked well.

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 02:53 PM

#1 – holes are round, but drilling at an angle makes it seem like they are oval.

do you have a drill press? handheld drill?

best way to drill those is with a backer board behind, and a drill guide which is nothing more than a block of wood drilled straight – then cut at an angle to present the drill bit to the workpiece at the designed angle. that way your drill won’t wander, and with both front and backer pieces clamped to the board your holes will be as clean as possible.

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