belphil wrote:What tools are you using for the project?
Thanks for the encouragement. I'm fairly happy with the results so far (although I wish I hadn't wasted that one part).
As for tools, I bought a Bosch Jig Saw and a Rigid Sanding station. The jig saw has worked very well and I believe it will fulfill most if not all of my needs for this project as far as cutting goes.
The sanding station also worked fairly well. I need to get some better unidirectional sanding belts for it because the one belt that came with it is one direction only so I can only use half of it (assuming I want to rest the part on the table). It doesn't move real fast , but fast enough. At some point I am sure I will have to buy a regular hand held belt sander, but I'm playing this by ear.
Other than that the only other tools have been a combination square, a yard stick, an X-Acto knife, a measuring tape, masking tape, and a pencil (oh, and carbon paper).
I have a table saw when I get ready to start ripping battens and the keel but I don't have the lumber for that yet. This is definitely a shoestring budget.
How is your project coming along.. BTW I forgot to mention I found a Ford 4 cylinder engine (PUMA) that appears to weigh in under the 700 lb limit. The engine is a Ford Puma diesel and the outfit is in England (Lancing marine). Not sure about pricing (probably astronomical). I still haven't decided which way to go yet.
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