Pietenpol Air Camper #2: Shop Prep

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Blog entry by K5YAC posted 09-09-2010 07:46 PM 1979 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t have a shop large enough at home to work on this project. My garage could have been used, but I would have to work on small asemblies and then store them somewhere. Fortunately for me (and the family) I was able to rent a hangar for much less than the cost of a storage facility, and with electricity available I was able to set up shop. In order to make efficient and effective use of my space, I would need workbenches and mobile tools that could adjust to whatever phase of the project I may be working on.

Here are the two 8’ x 4’ x 42” workbenches my wife helped me build. These are in the garage, not at the hangar… so you can see that it would have been tight there. If I would have chosen to work at home, I would probably only have one of these.

This is a mobile power tool stand that I learned about in “Kitplane Construction” by Tony Bengelis. I actually enlarged mine a bit to 48” x 48” and made it a two tier unit that places my drill press at a comfottable height. This is a very useful bench for those that don’t have the space (or proper benches) for several power tools. It currently carries my belt/disc sander, bench grinder, wire wheel, Drill Doctor and drill press. It also provides storage for my hand broom and dust pan, shop-vac, spare saw blades, drill bits, sanding discs and belts, etc.

Moving day… getting the basics set up.

Central working area, before any work had actually begun.

-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 07:53 PM

Mark; I’m very looking forward tyo seeing your progress over time.
Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 09:40 PM

Hey Mark, I’m also coming along for the ride!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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