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 Guys,

I hate to say it, but I think my house-prepping efforts will be delayed even a bit more.  

Concurrent to my moving the last of the major project build pieces (engine, canard, panel mockup and glass cabinet) down to NC, I also helped my friends move to a new house that they bought just down the street from their current house.

During the move a 3-legged sewing table got away from me and during my attempt to prevent it from careening into the wall, I wrenched my back out badly. So I’m currently about as mobile as a man with a lot more years under his belt than I have now…. a lot slower and with deliberation.

I’m not sure what the recovery time will be, or if any repairs needed! But I do believe it will impact/delay my house prepping endeavors.  I will still push to do what I can and hire out what I can to finish up the house to get it on the market.  

In addition, I will seriously assess getting a workshop or hangar down in NC to allow me to work on the build, as I essentially have over 90% of my stuff down in NC now.  The short of it is I’ll be looking to spend more time in NC as my DC area house is on the market.



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