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Mumford 04-26-2013 03:47 AM

Building a stand... Without power tools?
 
I love all these DIY stands, but is it possible to do without any power sanders, saws, etc?


- Mumford

chou 04-26-2013 04:00 AM

yes they didn't have power tools back then haha. just going to need a lot of elbow grease and patience. just make sure you get everything evenly cut when putting it together. good luck on your diy stand.

mistergreen 04-26-2013 04:28 AM

One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.

Mumford 04-26-2013 12:18 PM

Building a stand... Without power tools?
 
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Originally Posted by mistergreen (Post 3223618)
One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.

They cut for free?


- Mumford

Kado 04-26-2013 12:22 PM

Building a stand... Without power tools?
 
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Just a drill or power driver will make a big difference, but I do most my cutting by hand.

This helps a lot to get straight cuts.

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dtejeda.arias 04-26-2013 12:22 PM

Yes they do!

SBPyro 04-26-2013 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mistergreen (Post 3223618)
One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.

Unless you have picked up skills in Nailing :).

GraphicGr8s 04-26-2013 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Kado (Post 3225258)
Just a drill or power driver will make a big difference, but I do most my cutting by hand.

This helps a lot to get straight cuts.

Attachment 132514

Where does the battery pack go in that thing?

GraphicGr8s 04-26-2013 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Mumford (Post 3223234)
I love all these DIY stands, but is it possible to do without any power sanders, saws, etc?


- Mumford

If you get a good quality hand saw and learn proper technique you can make good cuts and build a quality project. The hardest thing to cut with a handsaw though is plywood.

scapegoat 04-26-2013 02:39 PM

you could go so far as to build the stand without screws and rely on conventional building and joinery techniques. a mortise and tenon would be plenty strong enough to support a tank. just get some good old tite bond 3 and your joint will be strong than the wood itself.

GraphicGr8s 04-26-2013 02:42 PM

In addition to the glue you can peg the joint. M&T joints take practice though to get a good slip fit. But all you need is a hand saw and a sharp chisel.

You could also drill your holes with a bit and brace. Screw them together with it also.

scapegoat 04-26-2013 02:53 PM

i'd definitely vote for either a through tenon or a wedge. I think both of those are fairly attractive.

mistergreen 04-26-2013 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Mumford (Post 3225226)
They cut for free?


- Mumford

yes they do

Quote:

Originally Posted by SBPyro (Post 3225450)
Unless you have picked up skills in Nailing :).

heh, true

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Originally Posted by GraphicGr8s (Post 3226114)
In addition to the glue you can peg the joint. M&T joints take practice though to get a good slip fit. But all you need is a hand saw and a sharp chisel.

LOTS of PRACTICE... years maybe. I'm amazed at the skill needed to make M&T by hand.

Hobbes1911 04-26-2013 07:23 PM

I just built a stand using only a drill. I had home depot cut everything to length and then used wood screws to screw everything together. All I used as a drill was one of those handheld drills that you usually use for screws. I hand-sanded everything and hand-sawed every piece that needed to have the length adjusted. It took a really long time, but I enjoy the smell of the wood.

dustbust_1 04-26-2013 08:14 PM

Have Chuck Norris tell your pile of wood to build itself into a stand.

a good handsaw can do some damage with good technique and some wd-40. Clamp a straight edge for straight cuts. You can usually find a uber cheap "tool shop" drill at menards. Prob cost ya $20.00.


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