Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stanchion Posts

We have planked as far as we can before we move our staging planks..... so before we do that we are installing our stanchion posts which will be planked over when we continue the planking. They are looking fantastic.

They will be sealed, painted, cut off, and routered. They are made of 4 x 4 solid oak and they will support the top rail.
We will then drop our staging about 3 feet and continue with the planking. There are about 7 strakes left to do. Whoo hoo!


  1. Beautiful! Stanchions look good. Could you post some more info and pics about trunnels please? How do you make them? What type of trunnels do you use? Wedged, tapered, blind, etc? How big are they? Do you glue them in? I tried to email you about this stuff but haven't heard back so it probably didn't work.. you guys are pretty busy though ;)

    Keep planking!! Almost there.

    1. Hi James,
      Sorry we didn't receive an email from you. We always like to get feedback from folks who are following our progress.
      We are making the trunnels on an altered dowel maker.They are made from 9 1/2 x 7/8" black locust. The trunnels are very rough when they are pounded in pre-drilled holes. We do glue them but it's mostly for lube purposes as they have no desire to back out.We have pounded in a couple only to discover that the drilling wasn't all the way through and have had to either drill them out (which doesn't work out very well) or just cut them off. We have tried to pull them out by every means possible and they just don't move once they're set.The one's in the deadwood were set blind on wedges but we found that they weren't necessary for the trunnels through the frames. Black locust doesn't swell to any degree and pine does so the grip will only get tighter on the fasteners.They are straight and very corrugated.
      We have been very busy. Happy to have the cold weather behind us but now we work early in the mornings and later in the evenings to combat the heat. Hoping to be back planking in about a week or two.
      Thanks for your questions and for your interest.