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Project Stages

   Getting Started

   Hull Construction

   > Building the Form

   > Planking

   > Fiberglass

   > Fitting the Frames

   > Lower Deck

   > Ballast Test

   > Main Deck & Finishing

   Masting and Rigging

   Into the Water


 About the project

A brief diversion back to the 3-D sander. Since this is such an unusual and useful tool I figured I’d make some observations. First, this is not a production tool. It has an automatic switch that turns off the sander when the motor gets hot. In order to be able to keep sanding, I had to buy three so that I could switch to one that was cool. Two were not enough but three did nicely. Second, with the course grit (I’ll guess it is 80) the tool removed the soft Kiri quickly. Third, the surface can be curved as much as a 4” radius, however, the tool chatters if the surface is bumpy. The sanding pad supports can wear out if there is a lot of chattering. Replacements are available. When the bumps are gone the tool operates smoothly.

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