I am nearly past the doubting Thomas phase of construction for the new mechanical theatre. The fear I had was that the spiderweb of
trusswork would be too unwieldy to put together and would not lend enough rigidity to the piece as a whole. It is always seriously awkward trying to connect up the metal work and you end up in some contorted wrist position holding a tiny nut that inevitably drops just before the threads start. But after the appropriate number of curse words for the progress thus far, the piece is rock solid. I shot this picture with the laser in use which helps keep things centered, plumb, and square. For connecting the
truss members to the pair of boxes I elected to use tabs, which I first attached to the boxes. The tabs ended up enabling a good strong connection. The boxes are made from an old 4 x 6 piece of Douglas Fir which has some great grain show in the sculpted shape.