Saturday, April 24, 2010

Our Last Day in the Burbs

I guess the neighbors got sick of the sanding too. In a few days, the city would come knocking.

But not before we primed the carton panels

And made the perfect curve

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Is there a doctor in the house?

Flip Flop

Time to re-right the bowl...with the help of 5 strong (bodied + willed) men.

Encouragement from Licorice (with her ultimately failed makeshift leash).

More sanding...really!?

A new carving template....soon to be rejected like its predecessors.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Putting the "art" in "carton"

All sealed up for surreal driving

 Since the vehicle is going to be remotely driven with either our, yet to be tested, motorized controls or 'big stick coming through the floor' back up controls, we've freed up an area in the old cab to have a small chill space. Bring on the fur.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Devising a new plan....

....while getting to work with turkey knives on the inside of the bowl. It was a good way to stay out of the rain.

We made a mistake!

The day begins with "protective" latex paint to prevent the fiberglass resin from dissolving the shaped styrofoam.

Filling the seams with drywall mud to get a good shape and to further protect the styrofoam from the resin.

Stirring up the potion. 100 to 1. Mix, mix, mix.

Cutting the fiberglass mats.

Making sure the fiberglass is done right. All hands on for laying up the fiberglass mat.

Or not. Ripple-o-rama. The latex paint DID NOT protect the styrofoam from the shrinking effect of the fiberglass resin. The end result is a flimsy wrinkly bowl. Looks like a lot of filling and sanding is in our future. The lesson learned is that the internets are not always right. Latex paint will NOT protect styrofoam from polyurethane resin. Spread the word.