Telrad Base part 2

Continuing work on the Telrad base was easy—cloudy nights=busy days.

I added a wedge to the front of the Telrad base to make it more secure when attached, shaped the whole thing and made some nice edges.  I think this is just going to be an experiment in getting it done—if I like how it handles in the field, I may make it out of oak or something more stable and solid than pine (this was all pieces of 2×4 cutoff).

I had the wooden part in the bench vise, then shaped the angles of the top to match the angled Telrad base with a block plane and a chisel (on the knots).The above picture shows it as I started to shape the angle.   It took surprisingly little time!  Maybe 10 minutes.

Then, I used two 1/2″ wood screws I found in the junk drawer to attach the Telrad’s base to the shaped wooden base:

Finally,  attached the base to the telescope using the finder scope’s cleat, then attached the Telrad for a test fit.  Perfect!

Assuming everything holds up in the field, I will use this prototype to test finishes for waterproofing and painting.  Once I get it all refined, I’ll likely find myself a nice piece of hardwood and make a nicer looking base.  Or I may just say the heck with it and use this one!

Time will tell, but if the clouds don’t freakin’ get out of here it’s a moot point…

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About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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