June 5th, 2013 :
Got the back door covered.
In strange way, I had to admire myself last night. See the deal is, it's been so long since I last worked on the Woody, I forgotten a couple of crafty engineering feats.
It gives you a fresh perspective as to just how much thinking things though is quite a gift. If one is faced with a problem with a new ground zero needing a solution. It can make you proud of yourself for realize just how clever your earlier solution you'd forgotten about actually was.
Anyhow, the real view isn't even in the camera. It's when you look at it from an angle that really makes it pozzin. But this shot isn't bad either.
November 28th, 2012:
Just about there.
Boy was I ever happy I didn't go with the extra cross-member on the back door, because by time I got the hinges mounted, the thing weighs about 100 pounds and that's about the limit this old body can handle. I can tell you one thing, I'll be mounting the door without the latch system installed because of the weight.
And I just love the latch system I used. I thought of a few, different methods, but I just didn't want to mess with any other way.
And can you dig the crome linkage..
August 7th, 2012:
Woody gets its own page.
I debated over 4 at 16" on center or three at 24". I saved over seven pounds by going the 1 1/4" vertical center pieces. The top one is the real light weight stuff, the bottom is .120 I happen to think the less than five pounds makes for a much sturdier door because the two bottoms can help out each other and the top because we're flying above the hinges a bit. BUT it's still pretty heavy, BUT you have to realize making a single door 6 ft. wide is just going to be that way and wanted the option to have it swing for spreading. Don't know if I want to go there yet because the bottom latch detail is another long thought process. I am settling on what kind of latch I going to go with. The problem the way I'd like to go, just takes more than a farmer wants to give it some times.
I got the rail caps on last night, but I'm in serious need of some 2" bolts.
Of course every good Woody deserves a header. Well, it got one last night. My Woody has on the can be raised and lowered to get into the tight spots.
I'll be getting a couple more pictures today I suppose.
Had some other things to post, BUT I'm a little tired of the computer this morning so Later.
July 26th, 2012:
Back Door for a my Woody
I've been trying to create my Woody as versatile as possible. And from my experience, I know that the back door is a very important point of entry. So when it came to designing the back door, I drew upon the experiences of poking around over the years.
I know how it can be when things turn out to be a little tight and I like to prevent any problems that can arise, before they happen.
What I'm saying here is that a guy has to make things flexible for those situations that happen from time to time.
So when it came to making my Woody's back door, I knew I needed to design it with adjust-ability in mind. We here at Synchro-link took the extra time and effort to take care of many problems before they happen.
This detail in making sure that the back door works as it should was something I have imagined in my head for some time; however, it still takes some time to figure out how to apply it to the subject when it's sitting in front of me. I'm often stuck with only a few options when it comes to what kind of materials I have available.
Anyways; I think its going to work.
Update: Rule Number 20: It's the kind of thing when a good carpenter will take the opportunity to "let it fly." With this kind of work, even if your band saw is slow as mine, you just need to figure in a couple extra cuts, because it sucks when it comes in too short. But then again, it's not Rule 53; and we can manage to put down a half ass decent welding bead. However, the idea of it matching the bottom where I ended up just cutting a longer piece, swapping out the longer for the shorter and then trimming that. (Some of you know the drill.) Hindsight is 20/20
I'm happy to announce that the most difficult part of my Woody's back door is now done. Something I did not look forward to fabricating without a milling machine.
Once the walls are in, it looks as though a person could haul a bunch of junk in there.
June 14th, 2012:
Two sheets of this project could be good or bad.
Thanks to the guys at Winsor for the use of their scales.
You may be wondering:
What is so damn revolutionary about the Synchro-woody?
It's Green. Just as with the Synchro-tooler, its something I'd like to someday sell as a hardware kit so that a skilled tradesman could assemble by themselves without the need to be able to weld. Just having all the right nuts and bolts in a box would be such a great help.
The thing about being GREEN, is that I didn't even start working on my Woody until I had accumulated a bunch of 2 X 6's and 2 X 4's.
Old lumber is usually too hard to expect to nail into without splitting, BUT hard seasoned lumber works great if you plan to use nuts, bolts and fender washers.(Which is reusing what would normally be considered waste.)
Production-wise, most people would order the hay rack parts from a truss company. The parts from the truss factories would be easier and faster to assemble, BUT I have doubt that they would last as long as the hand made nut and bolt type, (at least in damp or salty locations like I'm known to hang around in.)
I did do an experiment with my Woody
Apparently the guy from the nation plywood association, who came to speak to us at the Union 64 Apprenticeship course was wrong. Saying that all ply wood has exterior glue, (back in 1978.)
Well I guess I should have bought one sheet at a time or at least not painted either until I at least cut into one for a sample of the 7-8 ply to soak in some water. The shit swelled and fell apart. BUT I realize all ply wood will do that in time. However, I realized that quality of glue was a gamble I was handing over the $50 for the two sheets because I've seen the shit before. However, if you would have seen the quality of the other plywood, you would appreciate the solid stiffness the cabinet plywood had over regular 5 ply.
For me, I thought it would help with assembly having straight and sturdy plywood to work with. And the way I designed the Woody, all the sheets can separately come out without removing the others. For one side, a single bevel cut in one sheet is all it takes to replace one side.
I did seal the edges of the cabinet plywood with water proof poly glue and sealed it with plenty of paint. I'll have to keep it covered during the rainy session, (which we don't really have much of around here.) And scrape thoughs are going to have to be sealed up with paint from time to time, BUT I doubt I'll have any problem with something poking through the sides.