Maybe a little too Anxious

I knew it was bound to happen…but I didn’t expect it to be my opening move.  My first mistake took place on day one.  DSC00004What’s wrong with this picture?  Yes, I epoxied the front piece on upside down.  Notice you can’t see the pre-notched cutouts on the front piece.  I had this correct in my layup.  But, somehow I flipped this piece 180 degrees after applying the epoxy, dropped it in place and promptly went to bed.  In the morning, the mistake was vividly clear upon my first gaze.

Well, my dad always told me the difference between a good and bad carpenter is  a good carpenter can alway fix and hide his mistakes.  So, here is my solution.DSC00008I took a plunge router and drilled all the way through the existing cutouts to properly locate them on the correct/top side of the plywood.DSC00011I then cut a small filler piece to add back into the bottom half of the cutout.  I will fill the smaller holes when I finish the bottom side of the hull.  DSC00014Weighting the panels for proper alignment.DSC00013I held the filler piece down with stones resting on little sticks wrapped in duct tape.  This keep the filler piece from floating up near the top of the cutout.   DSC00005The rest of the glue-up went just fine.DSC00001DSC00002I glued all the puzzle panels in one shot.

What I learned:

  1. Even though you think all is well, check everything about 3 more times.
  2. Don’t get discouraged when you make a mistake (it’s going to happen).
  3. Apply your energies toward overcoming the mistake by going for a nice bicycle ride to clear your head (this works for nearly every issue in life).
  4. Take you time in correcting the problem.  A hasty attempt to correct may take you further away from a proper/simple solution.
  5. This is just right good fun folks.


The Waiting Game is Over

After waiting nearly 6 weeks for my kit to arrive, today was my day.  Nation wide plywood shortages created this extra long wait.  Josh was very helpful and kept me posted, and actually paid to have plywood shipped in from Seattle to move things along.  Thanks Josh!DSC00023Yes, this entire kit will fit in the back of a Honda Odyssey.  I had to tie down the hatch door, but it worked.  Right about now I am asking myself, “what have I done?”  This looks like a ton of work, I knew that, right?DSC00026Some of the construction will be done here, with the main assembly being done in the car garage.  I will now need to explain to my wife the car will be residing outside the garage for nearly one year.  Ouch!DSC00027I can’t imagine cutting all these parts by hand, at least not by my hand.  I’m really glad I purchased the kit.  Parts are shown on the left, with scrap plywood to the right.  I’m keeping most of the scraps for hardware backing or to build a replacement part if I mess up on something.DSC00030The puzzle cuts look cool and will be a lot simpler than scarfing plywood.DSC00028Great detail piece, but I’m not sure where it goes?  I don’t remember seeing this in the plans.  Can anyone help here?

Up next:  Epoxy, sand, repeat 3 times.