I received a quart of T-88 epoxy yesterday, so the first batch of glue is covered. Today the mail carrier brought the plans, tightly rolled and somewhat bent from their trip from the nether regions of Canada. I will be building Celebrity serial number CE164. So now I have a number of jobs that need to be completed…
- Get the plans unrolled to flatten out so they’re usable
- Get an inventory of the drawings, figure out how and where to store them so that they’re protected. I may add tabs or some sort of externally visible identification so I’ll be able to quickly locate a drawing. One of the irritations encountered while working on the RV-7 was sorting through a pile of drawings to find the one I was looking for. That was a time waster. These drawings are in at least four or five different sizes, a few of them 16′ long. Fortunately, it does not SEEN as though I’ll need to frequently switch between several drawings as I did while building the RV.
- Replace the workbench top with fresh MDF. It’s a good solid bench, but the old hardboard top is scrap. As a bonus, a 4×8 sheet of MDF will be one foot wider than the bench, giving me a 1×8′ cut-off. That will make two 1×4′ wing rib construction jigs.
- Figure out where to begin construction.
- Order up some wood!
I’ll start with the wing ribs. They use only two sizes of stock, and construction is simple and repetitive. I can build the first two or three out of locally sourced pine, just to get the jigs built and get my process sorted out. I can scrap them or use them as wall decorations in my office. The jigs do not need to occupy the entire work bench, so the bench can be used for other things while working on the ribs.