Upper Column - Time
Today, is the day. Time
to put most of the pieces together and see how it looks. We will start with
the Top Column installation.
We set it in place.
Today's Tools Of Misery.
We remove the trap door
so we can get at the bolts from underneath.
A carriage bolt has a
square part to the head. Here, we put two oversize fender washers so the square
portion comes right thru.
And, two fender washers
plus a regular washer at the business end.
Drop a part? Get the magnet.
Put a couple bolts on
this side and the side opposite for alignment.
Looking at the bolts from
the top, one on the right is tightened, the other is not. The wood compresses
quite a bit.
All twelve bolts in position
and this creation is as solid as a rock.
There has been some discussion
whether this will be stable and not move. Or, swell with humidity for a long
exposure. As compared to a cement pillar with footing.
I will go on record and
state, I am absolutely confident this will be stable for visual observing
as well as the longest photography exposures of 4-6 hours.
This summer I will varnish
it when the nice weather hits. I want the interior to have a nice Northwoods
pine feel to it.
Next, the wedge and The