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| by Neil Marriott |
I built Mirror Dinghy 70148 in the Winter and Spring of 2002 in the garage of my home in Minneapolis, MN. Luckily, I have a 3-car garage, with room enough for our 2 cars, a make-shift work-shop, and space to build a boat.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for My father built the very same boat about 25 years ago, when on a foreign assignment living in Argentina. He had the kit shipped all the way from Toronto to Buenos Aires. Without any power tools that I can recall, and a very limited number of hand tools, he built a Mirror. There was no "Home Depot", or local hardware store to get the latest and greatest tool of convenience.
My point? ANYONE can build a Mirror. If you have a full set of carpenter''T need fancy tools to build a Mirror. That being said, I did in fact acquire a number of (mostly power) tools in the process. I gave my wife the excuse that I needed them for "the next step". Seemed to work!
Of all the tools I bought, my most prized possession was a combo belt/disk sander from Home Depot. It was a small workbench-top unit, but I found many, many uses for it (including building shelves for the kitchen later!) - well worth the $50 investment.
The next most important item? Clamps. Lots of them. Spring clamps especially. You will use them later, after your Mirror is finished, to make nice things for the house - that''t build in the basement unless you have walk-out access and can get the boat outside once completed!
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Shown at the left is my Belt-Disk sander. It had many uses throughout the construction process and I would highly recommend purchasing one of these.
Another excellent purchase is a small bench-top drill press. Drill presses are excellent for producing clean, neat holes, and much appreciated when an absolutely perpendicular hole is required. If you only have a budget for one of these power tools, however, get the sander.