Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Recap on Round 5


Lotsa holes!!! Been drilling some, cutting zero as yet. IE: round holes have to become squared up holes, and I’ll be doing that with chisels later.

But thats later.

18 mortices at 3/8″x 1 1/8″, using a3/8″ Forstner bit and a jig. Thats 54 holes that need drilled. Easy peasy.

Then the rib mortices.

1/4″x 1 1/4″x 3/4″ deep blind mortice. Times 50, times 5 because I am using a 1/4 bradpoint drill bit. 250 itty bitty holes that need drilled pretty accurately.

This calls for some time investment to make a PROPER jig.

Enter the new tool in my arsenal.

I had that 1″x4″ lexan just laying around. Stuff like that tends to collect in the corners near me, ” cuz ya jest ne’er know.” Well, now I know. And I still have a few feet of it for other jigs etc. I like this jig because I can see the surface of my project through it and make sure things are spot on. And that stuff is tough.

So, new jig, proper drill bit, a drill stop and a clamp and a go/no-go gage, and I am ready, physically anyways, to drill 250 dinky holes in groups of 5 spaced 6″ apart.

Note I said physically. I’m still motivating myself to sit in the cold on the porch/workshop to drill said holes.


One down, one to go, gunwale that is. Still many holes 🙄

Yup, it warmed up enough that my cold blooded lizard-like self could get outside. LOL


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