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. What’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.I 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.I 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. Weighting the panels for proper alignment.I 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. The rest of the glue-up went just fine.I glued all the puzzle panels in one shot.
What I learned:
- Even though you think all is well, check everything about 3 more times.
- Don’t get discouraged when you make a mistake (it’s going to happen).
- 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).
- Take you time in correcting the problem. A hasty attempt to correct may take you further away from a proper/simple solution.
- This is just right good fun folks.