Introduction: Egor Stick

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This is a contraption to finally help mark the location of hidden holes

Step 1: The Problem

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I have this wheelchair and I need to place a flat board on top of the brackets to make a cover or platform.

But how does one know where to place holes in the board to line up with the holes in the brackets?

Step 2: Reasonable Solution?

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You would think that you can just measure the location of the holes . . .

Step 3: Solution Fail

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... But my measuring device seems to have numbers that move when I try to transfer values.

Here you can see that 7.5 inches somehow goes way off of the edge of the board. How's that possible? Geeze. I hate measuring devices.

Step 4: Actual Solution

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So here is my invention to help with this problem: the Egor Stick.

It allows you to mark the board from underneath at the actual location of the holes.

Here's how to make it and use it . . .

Step 5: Tools, Supplies

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  1. #2 Pencil, sharpened very fine
  2. Drill
  3. 1/4 '' bit
  4. Lil' tiny saw or Xacto-type knife
  5. Paint stirrer stick or similarly narrow board-let (like a shim)

Step 6: Cut Off Tip of Pencil

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Cut off about an inch from the top of the pencil.

NOTE: sharpen the pencil first before sawing.

Step 7: Pencil Tip

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You'll wind up with a pencil stub.

Step 8: Drill a Hole in the Stick

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Drill a hole about an inch from the edge of the stick.

Step 9: Insert Pencil Into Stick

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Step 10: Place Your Board on Your Holes (er Well You Know What I Mean Heh)

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Position the board where you need it.

You might want to clamp it down to keep it in place while the hole positions are marked.

Step 11: Mark Holes With the Stick From Underneath

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Slip the stick under the brackets and push the pencil through the holes. Apply slight pressure and move the stick around the bolt hole.

Step 12: Flip Over the Board

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Light registration marks are now on your board.

Figure 1 shows the hole marks, and Figure 2 shows them a little better after circling with a marker.

Step 13: Drill Holes Based on Registration Marks

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Hint: don't use your knee as a backing when doing this.

Step 14: Place Board Back on and Slip Bolts Through Holes

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Here you can see how the bolts go through the board and (surprisingly) line up with the holes in the bracket.

Step 15: Secure Bolts As Needed

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This figure shows the board on the brackets and bolts through the holes.

Step 16: Add Egor to the Platform

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Finish your project as needed.

Step 17: Tool Complete

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Place your new tool among all the other tools where you will never be able to find it again

Comments

Toga_Dan (author)2017-07-22

I recently came up with a similar solution for similar problem. but used thread + glue rather than a hole in the stick to secure pencil stub

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