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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!
I always wanted a new rudder to replace the slab rudder that the factory built. I started with a lamination of plywood, then built a vacuum bagger and applied 3 layers of 9 oz cloth on each side. All three of the layers on each side are wrapped around the edges, making the edges 6 layers thick. I knew without the vacuum, it would be a terrible mess trying to get the heavy cloth to go around the sharp edges.
The vacuum pump is a small fridge compressor, some hose, and a mason jar. The jar is to prevent epoxy from getting into the compressor.
So far it's working. Tomorrow we will turn off the pump and check it out.