Step 1: Supplies
- 4 - 2' x 2' panels of plywood (I used MDF)
- 2" x 1" boards for boats (34" of boats total, I recommend at least a 48" piece to allow for cutting).
- 3 piano hinges, 12" long
- dowel pegs (I used 1/4" pegs, 3 packs of 72)
- shot glasses (plastic or glass, 34 total)
- Router with 1/16" bit
- Sanding equipment
- Drill with bits to fit dowel pegs (1/4") and to make cradles for shot glasses (1.5" bit on drill or drill press. See image of bit I used).
- Stain for panels and/or boats
- Hooks and eyes to hold panels together for storage
- Storage tubs for pegs and shot glasses (I found fishing tackle gear that did the trick).
Step 2: Mark Panels For Routing
The grid is marked out with a pencil, and I marked the grid diagonally as well- the crosses in each square will give you the drill point for your peg holes.
Step 3: Router. And Then Router Some More. Then Drill.
When you're finished with the router, use your drill to drill holes in the middle of each square. Be sure not to drill all the way through- go perhaps 1/2". Drill stops are your friend, or put some painters tape on your drill bit to correspond to the desired depth.
As you finish this process, if you'd like to apply a stain or finish, now is the time to do so. Let the panels dry as you start on your boats.