Prepping the Shop!

Shop Prep Begins!

13 March 2011 — Once I finished my fuselage mockup, and had checked & ensured that whatever specialized parts there were that I wouldn’t be able build or make would be available to buy, I started prepping the shop for the build.  The first order of business was a decent work bench along the wall.  I made this one collapsible just in case I needed more space.

Sidewall Work Bench

Sidewall (collapsible) workbench

Once I got the workbench in place, I started in on the flip-down glass cutting table.  The glass cutting table also serves as the glass roll storage cabinet.  I think it was the Cozy Girrrls who showed this on their site, along with the thermostat used to turn a light bulb on at a certain temp to keep moisture out of the glass cabinet.  I put the flip down portion of the glass table so that it would come down right next to and be even with the sidewall workbench I had just built.

Glass cutting table/Glass storage

Glass Cutting Table

Glass cutting table (fold up)

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I needed a hotbox to store the epoxy and hardener in when not in use.  The warmer the epoxy and hardener is, just about like every other liquid, the runnier it gets and the easier & faster it wets out the fiberglass strands in a layup.  BTW, most of the components that I made on this page were made out of scrap lumber I had laying around.

Epoxy & Hardener Hotbox

Epoxy & Hardener Hotbox

Besides the wall-mounted workbench, I wanted one that was portable and could roll around.  So I made this guy below.  It had a large enough table top to be used extensively for glassing small to medium sized pieces, and it had storage underneath.  Also, I made the top flip up and it was the perfect size for storing the plan’s A-pages (the big drawings) inside the compartment just below the flip up top.

Roll-around work bench

Roll-around - Plans storage

Besides the main 13′ long work bench (spelled out in Chapter 3), this was all there was for building the shop’s major working surfaces.

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Project Update

Hi Folks,

I apologize for being remiss in my lack of updates, but I’ve been running with my hair on fire for the last few months to get relocated down to North Carolina, which I’m happy to report is NOW A REALITY!

Yes, that’s right, my Northern Virginia house SOLD a few weeks ago!

Moreover, I am now happy to report that I closed on my NC house that has both a 2 car garage and a large 27 x 40 ft workshop!

So I’ll be spend the next week moving in . . .  primarily upgrading the workshop before moving the equipment, tools, airplane project, etc. into it.  This includes getting a high quality epoxy paint down on the floor since the old concrete needs a good facelift.

I will then be heading out west for a few weeks to visit friends and family after a good week of getting the new house squared away.  Moreover, I don’t expect to get back onto the build until after Rough River, but from there on out I don’t foresee any major events to keep me from building!

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