Your Own Cutting Stand... Continued
With the post laying flat on the ground attach one leg at 90
degrees, it doesn't matter whether the leg points to the right
or the left. The bottom of the post, and the side of the leg
should be flush and 90 degress to each other.
2) Rotate the post 90 degrees so
that the attached leg points straight up. Place the second leg
on the post and push it against the side of the first leg. After
making sure that the second leg is perpendicular at 90 degrees
and flush to the bottom of the post, go ahead and attach it.
3) Repeat the procedure above to attach the third leg. Make sure
that the bottoms of the legs are all even. If they are not even
the stand will wobble when it is finished.
4) Now stand the post up in the same position as it will be
used, to attach the fourth leg. At this point it is helpful
to have a flat surface to work on and a wall or helper to push
against. Place the second leg against a wall or have a helper
stand on it while you attach the fourth leg. Set the fourth
leg in place making sure it is flat against the floor/ground
and pushed up against the third leg. When you are sure that
all four legs are touching the ground go ahead and attach the
to put the hole in the top of the post for the peg. Find
and mark the center of the post with a pencil. Use a hand-drill
and a 1" or 3/4" spade drill to drill the center hole. Take
your time doing this and make sure that the hole is straight.
This a great time to have a friend around to double-check that
the drill is straight. You can also purchase a jig which attaches
to your power drill at most hardware stores. The hole should
be 2 1/2" to 3" deep.
6) Clean up any rough edges with sandpaper and stain or oil the
wood to your preference.
peg is made from 1" or 3/4" dowel, depending on the
hole in your stand. Just about any type of wood will do,
to use poplar. The
peg should be 6" to 8" long and have a bevel on one end
so that the target slides over it easily.
8) Sit back with a frosty beverage of choice and enjoy what your
hard work produced. When you are done appreciating your efforts
you should roll some tatami omote purchased from Mugen Dachi
Company into targets. Have fun cutting and don't forget to order
more tatami omote.
4 x 4 Post, 28" to 36", 1 pc.
2 x 4 Legs, 18" to 22", 4 pcs.
3/4" or 1" diameter dowel , 1 pc.
Spade Drill, 3/4" or 1", 1 only
2 1/2" Screws, Lags, Nails, 12 pcs.
Sandpaper, 80 to 120 grit, 2 or 3
Stain or Oil Finish, 1 pint can
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