The Thing-O-Matic kit arrived! Here's the open-box photo and a photo of its contents:
It was nicely packed, but the neat compartmentalization in smaller boxes hides one overwhelming realization: OMG! There are a lot of freaking parts in this kit!
No wonder it took a month to ship. Just kitting the parts must take hours for each one. Well, it looks like building it will be a weeks-long not week-end project. I just hope I can keep the workspace organized that long.
Another first impression: The framework is bare plywood, which I knew from the product photos. It appears to be birch veneer over a single-ply core, probably of a softer wood. Given the necessary tolerances, I might have wished for 7-ply marine-grade plywood instead. So now I have to make a choice, since the Northwest is a damp climate: Varnish it? Head out to EdenSaw
and find a marine-grade wood I can cut on my laser cutter? (I'm pretty sure the CAD files are available somewhere.) Or?
More to come -- slowly. I've still got the day job to think about.
BTW, Rich (W9GFO) ordered his a little before I ordered mine and is probably a few steps ahead of me in the build process. So Rich, you're welcome to add your own impressions/experiences here if you like.
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery