The original design of the miter box was meant to have the tubes
inserted in the box with a tight enough fit to hold them while they are
This idea didn't work out too well as the tubes just wouldn't slide
into the box.
The front hole of the box was split open to allow the tubes to be
inserted, and then a clamp was applied to tighten around the tube. Once
the clamp was in place scrap wood was used to hold the box tight and the
Using the front edge of the miter box as a guide all tubes were cut.
90 degrees at a time were cut, then the box & tube were rotated to
make the next 90 degree cut.
Before each cut the alignment was checked.
Like proud parents Victor Locke and myself pose with the finished
products. 9 cuts in about 4 hours.
The first cut took about 1 hours, the last one took about 10 minutes.
Victor and I formed a well oiled team once we got the hang of the cutting.
From left to right the cut tubes form: Camera Bay, Nose Cone Shroud,
Main Coupler Tube, Nose Cone Shoulder, and the Boat Tail Section.
The last picture shows the scrap tubing left over, these parts will be
used to make hatches and hatch supports.
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