Monday, August 1, 2011

Passing Glass

Today was one of those days where I made everything harder than it had to be.  First off, it was hot in the shed so I didn't bother to put on long pants; I just went with my shorts and sandals.  I almost immediately regretted my decision because I cut my knee and toe simultaneously on sharp fiberglass.  Oh well, not much blood, just get on with it.  Things didn't get much better from there, I was sweating so bad that it was difficult to keep the rosin paper templates I was cutting dry; every time I needed either the scissors, pen, or anything for that matter, it was just out of reach so I'd have to get up and go get it.

Anyway, I did manage to get 2 layers of glass cut and fitted, ready to be glued up tomorrow (I had hoped to glue today).  After I realized that things were not quite going as planned I decided to not rush things (as if that ever happens) and get things done methodically.

I spent a bunch of time cutting out the rosin templates and trimming them as accurately as possible before rolling out the glass for cutting and fitting.  Once each layer of glass was rough cut, I fitted it and did some final trimming before moving onto the next layer.  Looking back on the day, it was probably good that I got off to a shaky start and delayed the actual layup, because even though it's frustrating to make mistakes on the prep and setup, I don't want to have to resort to my angle grinder when my chemistry project goes bad.

First layer

Second layer

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