Flat For The Win

One of the challenges of building something big is finding a flat space for assembling final elements. It’s not hard, just time consuming.

prepping the floor

Prepping the 4x4s in the driveway. Now I am ready to lay out the plywood floor.

Donut, hold the skin

4 Quarters lined up for final gluing. Here they are flat and aligned, so that the lateral supports can be epoxied and I am sure that everything will fit together later.

skinning the quarters

First layer of skinning with 1/4 inch plywood.

donut quarters

Three of the donut quarters waiting for their planking

I have a large stack of 16 foot 4x4s in the back yard that I break out when I need a flat space. A few dozen shims and some 1/2 inch plywood later, batta-bing, you have a flat surface big enough for a 14 foot donut or two. Then it’s time to glue and screw the subassemblies together to make the donut quarters. Disassemble, and do it again.

I am a big fan of “big”. It is so much fun to plan, build and put these things together. Its all joy: nice day to work outside, music playing, not too many hours with the respirator on, and in the end… 8 giant donut quarters all my own.

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