The team cut out more parts of the stander using a template today! And Riley taught Emily how to use the router. Another task checked off our list was submitting the big grant Emily and Scotty were working on. After stopping at Foggs Hardware in a torrential downpour and looking over their materials, the engineers decided to try something new for the templates by using Masonite as opposed to the birch plywood we started with. This is because Masonite is lighter and more readily available since Thayer was going to replace the Masonite on their tables and have decided to donate it to our cause!
Masonite is also more flexible than the birch plywood, making it less likely to break during transport, as it is made from compressed wood particles. This means that it has clean breaks if something were to go wrong, and is much easier to repair. Apparently tape and epoxy can be used to restore a straight line for the template, whereas plywood breaks unpredictably.