Banding Helps Lay Out Log Rail
This improvised tool makes it easy to trace a straight line around a post.
I was recently called upon to replace a worn-out deck railing for a log cabin. The posts were made from 6-in.-dia. logs and I needed to notch them so I could fasten them to the rim joists of the deck. As I was trying to figure out a way to put a level line on the log’s round surface, I spotted some steel banding that had held together a material delivery. I cut a section of the banding down to just a little longer than the circumference of the logs, and used my hands to put a soft bend all the way around the band so it would match the shape of the log. My improvised tool made it easy to trace a straight line around the post, over and over again.
— Curt Lyons, Fort Collins, Colo.