On the plans there are many places that thread bolts into the material. I am wondering is there any reason where practicle, you can just drill through and use a bolt with a washer and nut. It seems to me that this would be stronger as long as you used a good flat washer, maybe even a lock washer on the back of it.
I have only been working on this now for a couple of days but have most of the gantry frame cut out and some of it drilled. I made the adjusting rod blocks from UHMW which seems to work well and I have a large sheet of it so its avalible. I intend to build it to plan size and specs for the most part. I think I will turn down the pipe in a lathe to true it and get rid of any rough surface blemishes. Any way I would welcome any imput any one has. I am an accomplished r/c model builder but this is my first attempt at this. I have all the basic tools plus, table saw, table jig saw, band saw, belt sander, drill press plus hand tools. I find myself sometime looking at a part and wondering how it fits but if I look long enough it kind of comes together. Still I have to wonder if I'm right or not. I will put up pictures of my progress if I can figure out how to do it.The picture is yesterday and what I have cut out so far... any feed back is welcome...Ron