Track Frame Prep Work

Track Frame Prep Work

Getting started on the frame that will support the logs and guide the carriage.  Before the frame can be welded holes need to be drilled and tapped to attach the stainless steel runners and holes need to be drilled on the underside to receive the leveling bolts. That’s 54 5/16″ holes and 27 15/16″ holes.  Alternative title: Matt Drills a lot of Holes.

  • Thomas Tieffenbacher/AKA DocSavage45
    Posted at 03:41h, 20 August Reply

    Holey Cow! The good thing is no harm. I would have to edit out my expletives. I might suggest slowing the bit down little more if you have a lot of holes to do, to keep the bit cooler and last awhile longer. ( I trained to be a machinist) A lot of patience taught by my mentor Murphy!

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 05:06h, 20 August Reply

      haha I think it happened too slowly for swearing to come out of me. I’m running everything at the slowest speed that I can. Holes in the stainless is next but those are back on the drill press.

  • recipio
    Posted at 11:55h, 20 August Reply

    Matt, you need a stepped drill bit for metal.. It drills each step until you hit the correct diameter. Also be careful with the Ryobi drill press – I managed to burn out the wiring in mine drilling a series of 25mm holes.

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 13:10h, 22 August Reply

      The biggest problem with the step bits that I’ve seen at least is each step is only 1/8″ which leaves a stepped hole in anything thicker than 1/8″ unless you want to drill a hole at the step bit’s max diameter. I still haven’t managed to kill that drill press. Somehow…

  • Matt Roszkowski
    Posted at 11:57h, 20 August Reply

    Matt you need a mag drill for all these metal projects.


  • Thomas Tieffenbacher/AKA DocSavage45
    Posted at 17:18h, 20 August Reply

    Is that the slowest drill press speed? Good luck!

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 12:57h, 22 August Reply

      Yes, it bottoms out at 500rpm. Thanks!

  • John Leonick
    Posted at 21:30h, 20 August Reply

    I have done this with wood when I want to enlarge a hole and can’t use the pilot bit on the hole saw: Get a flat piece of metal, drill the hole with your hole saw. Take the metal and place and clamp it over the hole you want to enlarge, and use it as a guide for your hole saw.

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 12:58h, 22 August Reply

      Great tip! Thanks! Makes me also wish I was able to find a replacement hole saw that day.

  • Billy Medlock
    Posted at 20:16h, 21 August Reply

    great video Matt! Very excited for the next in the series….Use plenty of cutting oil whenever possible to keep bits Lubricated and cool even when tapping… Looks great and very inspiring

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 13:08h, 22 August Reply

      Thanks Billy! oh yes, I’ve gone through quite a lot of oil already.

  • Joe Lapinski
    Posted at 10:34h, 22 August Reply

    Is that spot on your yard the final location? How much preassembly and welding are you planning to do before it is moved to a permanent foundation? Just watching you lug around those heavy cross members – fully assembled that thing will be super heavy!

    I agree it still is woodworking – we all are still paying attention and enjoying it.

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 13:01h, 22 August Reply

      Somewhere around there. It’s going to be in the driveway. I’m going to build it where it is now and work through my log pile then when I have room I’ll get it into final position. I’ll be adding some small removable wheels and a removable hitch so I can move it with my truck. Glad you agree 🙂

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