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Constructing a
Mirror Dinghy
by Neil Marriott

Introduction Introduction

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.

Landscape Timber Bench Plans UKhow to Landscape Timber Bench Plans UK 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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Finally, a word about climate control.  If you are building in winter, and your garage is unheated, you will find it much more comfortable - and sometimes essential for proper glue-drying - to purchase a heater.  My wife found this 50,000 BTU propane unit at our local Home Depot store (yes, I visited many times), which heated a garage from 0C to 20C (32F to 68F) in about 30 minutes.  Turned down to "low" at that point, it maintained the temperature nicely.


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.