Once again I am using Southern Yellow Pine and Red Oak that I
acquired in the spring of 05 for free. Both are rough cut lumber
that was used as cribbing for stacks of pipe for a couple of
different piping projects locally.
I made two feet for the rack each 24 long from a 4 x 6
I like the
Southern Yellow Pine for ease of chopping mortises and I need the
practice chopping mortises. Also a pinned mortise and tenon joint is
almost indestructible, and these will be heavily stressed.
This is the obligatory tools used picture.
I used my homemade bowsaw to cut the corners and relief in the feet. Im gonna have to
do some smoothing on them as Im still learning to use a bowsaw and
the cuts are rough and inconsistent. Then I drilled the caster holes
with my Stanley 2101A 8 brace using an Erwin 3/8 auger bit. Next I
used a tapered reamer in my Stanley 965N 8 brace to taper the holes
to provide a snug fit for the scavenged casters Im using. They have
a 7/16 shaft (?) and are just driven in till they fit tightly.
Next up I cut my verticals 1 Ό x 2 ½ x 72 out of Red Oak.
These will be spaced at 18 to the outside edge and leaning into the
center at about 5 degrees.
I cut a tenon on the end of these
uprights to seat them in the feet. Although the uprights will lean
in I cut the tenon to be perpendicular to the feet. (Easier to cut
the mortises that way.)
I made these cuts with a Japanese saw,
actually it is a Vaughan Bear Saw, but its a Japanese saw.
like the fine kerf of a pullsaw, they just take some getting used
to. I would use a good antique tenon or backsaw if I had
one!Here is the first mock-up of the verticals
Yes, its gonna be tall but that will enable me to hang my 6
pipe clamps from it without them dragging on the floor.
This will be
the permanent home for my collection of bar clamps, my c-clamps and
some other assorted clamps.
Now I need to tie the feet together; I ripped a couple pieces of SYP to 1 7/8 x 1 Ό x 46. Ill put a 1 ½ long tenon on each end
which will make the rack 4-1 long.
Here are some pictures of the
first mortise and tenon. The little piece of red oak is a convenient
Ό thick and makes a good marking gage.