And so, we have come to the end of another year.
Glancing back at 2017, it's neat to think that a year ago today I was drilling holes in the transom of Perseverance in order to bolt the motor on.
By the end of 2016, I had been working on Frame #4 for just over a month... and I'm still working on it. In fact, I was working on it earlier today. More on that in a moment.
I started out 2017 doing some basic upgrades to my old trailer. As the weather warmed up, I spent more time at the lake, now that I finally have a boat of my own to enjoy. Before the end of summer, however, the old trailer was in need of a new axle and wheels. When the weather cooled off again, and I put the boat away for the year, I resumed work on the Zip frames.
So, here we are.
Today, I finished work on the cherry inlay that will be the backdrop for the Zip's gauges...
|Here, I have clamped the cherry inlay into the dashboard, and placed the two gauges I have and the switch knob. I wanted to get an idea for how it was all going to look, as well as arrange placement of the pull switches.|
|Holes for the switches drilled, and parts temporarily fastened into position.|
|Overhead view of the inlay, showing both the front and back sections of the gauges and switches.|
|I temporarily assembled the parts in order to get an idea for what I'll be in for when it comes to wiring.|
|The gauge mounting hardware needed the inlay to be a bit thinner than its 7/8" thickness. The rabbeting bit I bought a few days ago handled this job nicely.|