The salvage attempt with epoxy was a dismal failure.
Even though I risked incinerating the wood dowel bushing I was finally able to solder the clamping nut to the tee and make a succesful light mount to a guide rod as you can see in the photo. The standard propane torch was too much fire power. The solution was the use of my wife's Creme Brulee torch.
Your advice on a base mount was well taken but it would have meant remaking the guide bar bridge on both the Elu and Festool jigs and abandoning the work to date. In the end this one turned out pretty well. It should also work on a skies application
Short lengths of the flexible stainless gas connection tubing are no longer available and the longer lengths are pricey. The next try, V3.0, will be an attempt to make the curved mast from soft copper tubing with all the joints soldered rather than epoxyed.
Last edited by 48394; 12-21-2012 at 10:29 AM.