Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 The box of heavy-duty paper that I ordered showed up today and I got cracking on the endcaps.  I am not sure how Amazon made any money on that sale because they shipped it UPS in an ENORMOUS box.  The roll of paper itself was only 48 inches long by maybe 8 inches across, but the box it came in could have fit a 50" flat screen TV!! The shipping was free to me, so who am I to look a Gift Amazon in the mouth?

 First, I made a pattern from the paper:


Three hours later I had this:








It may not look it, but that was a lot of work.  Cutting the panels perfectly with the air metal shears is no easy task.  I'm not saying I did.  Just that it isn't easy ;)
After getting everything just right with the fiberglass endcap as a guide, I pop riveted the panels together in four places, then took the whole thing out and tossed that fiberglass endcap in the trash! WOOO!!
For some reason the backside reminds me of a blue whale.


At the end of the day, this is what was staring back at me:


It kind of feels like a big metal bath tub at the moment.  I have heard of Airstreams being used for more ridiculous things.  Like when we were looking for a trailer to buy, one resourceful fellow was planning on filling his with grain and using it as a mobile silo if it didn't sell.  We opted not to go look at that one. 

Hours and hours of work are finally starting to pay off.  I can look back at the end of the day and it is obvious that I had been there.  That's a good feeling.


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