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Blog series by MrLaughingbrook updated 04-22-2017 12:19 AM 4 parts 4159 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: up to now

04-03-2017 08:25 PM by MrLaughingbrook | 1 comment »

First time blogging… But, the activity I’m on now seems like a good topic. I’m building two beds. I need to join angle irons to wood for bed rails and center beam re-enforcement. I need to join angle iron to angle iron to form a T beam. Now, I’ve drilled into metal more than a few times… Often I’m disappointed with the results. Knowing that the inside of the bed rails will not be on display, I decided to use it as a learning opportunity and for sk...

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Part 2: Thirty marks

04-07-2017 10:16 PM by MrLaughingbrook | 0 comments »

Today I made the last of the thirty marks needed on the center beams. Objective 1: mark for joining the two angle irons together to form a T with a centered series of equally spaced 6-32×1/4” flat screws.Objective 2: mark for joining center T beam to wood cap. I’m very happy with my learnings and results, so thought I’d share. With advice from others, thanks theart, Gil, and the internet I put together this kit and procedure. 1. Calculate fastener interval as lengt...

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Part 3: Parallels and x/y vise

04-07-2017 11:35 PM by MrLaughingbrook | 0 comments »

In preparation for drilling I milled some parallels and installed an x/y vise. The parallels will support mounting the irons in a variety of positions. Tomorrow is an off day. Hopefully I’ll drill on Sunday.

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Part 4: final score 130 to 0

04-22-2017 12:19 AM by MrLaughingbrook | 0 comments »

Hobby time has been short lately, but I’ve progressed… I’ve completed drilling, countersinking and taping, using the methodology of changing bits without moving the piece. With the pieces all marked and mounted at the drill press: I positioned at the general location using the laser: Refined the positioning with magnifying glasses and centering pin using the x-y vise: Added cutting oil and drilled the through holes for 11/64 inch (#8 screws) followed by counte...

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