Day 2 of a Work in Progress by Joseph Najera

To make the “arrow points” I need to cut 24 pieces of steel 2 inches long. I use this measuring instrument. Once set it is faster than using a ruler.


I grind them then bend them out. They are ready for rivets.


I use a center punch to mark where I want to drill a hole. Punching it keeps the drill bit fro wandering all over the place.


The hole is drilled. Now to drill through the other 2 pieces. The trick is to get the holes to line up.


The holes are drilled. I am ready to push the rivet through then hammer it tight.


This one looks good. It doesn’t always work out. Sometimes I have to cut new pieces and start all over again.


It’s not over yet. I need to grind the corners.


There we go. Not perfect, but close enough to be acceptable.


Next step: repeat 11 more times.

End of day 2.


About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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