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    Portable CNC - Leaving the workbench behind

    Has anybody designed a CNC router that would clamp onto a standard 4' x 8' sheet of plywood? I'm picturing 2 long 8' pieces with some sort of corner holding mechanism and a bridge connecting the long sides, like a gantry. You could break the whole thing down into maybe the size of an ez up...
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    Needed to learn some skills so built this.

    It's a planned workshop demolition, stick with me here... You build it too big to go through the door way (woopsy) Well, the only logical solution is to knock out a wall to get it out. And while your kncocking out a wall, might as well expand the workshop a little so that this sort of thing...
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    Electric Belite!

    Haha, I thought I would find you over here. Great group of guys on here, very similar to ES.
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    This design might be the perfect airframe for electric hybrid power system. Electric motor in tail boom with a nice big slow moving prop, batteries behind pilot, and a Honda GX200 motor which guys are getting 15 hp out of at 60#'s which could yield decent range. The tail would need beefing...
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    USA Trip - Advice needed!

    If you have any interest in tinkering and craftsmanship and such I highly recommend the Craftsmanship museum: The Internet Craftsmanship Museum check the hours to be sure it is open, it will be on your way from LA to San Diego. There is also a train that runs along the coast between the two...
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    Wingboarding ......

    Kudos to him. One may not see the problem being solved or agree with the solution, but he has a dream and the tenacity to realize it.
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    For Sale 1991 Beaver RX550

    Well, there is two seats... I've got a lobster and a cat riding on a beaver. The question is which is the pilot?:gig:
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    Sweet little plane. Is that a radial triple? Anybody know what kind of motor that is?
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    Door to Door Transportation Redux

    I would love to see the PAL-V team up with Lit Motors to make a 2-wheeled self-righting vehicle as seen in this video:
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    Hmmmm, I hope the silence on this thread means everybody is busy polishing their designs. I saw the Quicksilver Plane featured in a composite aircraft techniques book, immediately I thought it could be a candidate. Looks like you could just cut a hole in the floor and dangle your...
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    A 5 cent cigar

    I'm sure somebody will pop in and post an example of a kit plane already offered very similar to what you are describing. I have to wonder if the draught of my generation from airports has something to do with the attitudes of the old generation. It's just easier and safer to buy a motorcycle...
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    Welding wood with friction ???

    Wow that's interesting. I wonder how this would work at joints with different grain orientations though.
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    HBA demeanor

    Seven pages into it, I'm sure this thread has been given ample "airtime" for most any opinion or concerns to be aired, but I feel my initial experience with HBA can shed some new light. "Hi, my name's Dave and I'm a dreamer" I came in hot on the tail of many of the flying car threads, and...
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    Modern day "motorcycle of the air" aircraft class?

    Excited to see where this thread goes... Having enjoyed a few years commuting on top of a Triumph 955 naked/streetfighter in cold-hot-dry-wet conditions around LA I think this airplane would check every box for the kind of flying I would enjoy. Excuse my ignorance, I am not a pilot so my...
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    Wood Velomobile Build

    It looks as though he has completed his Velomobile, or at least it can be pedalled around. What do you guys think? Will it fly?;) Velo182.jpg Photo by tahustvedt | Photobucket
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    Rutan Ski-gull

    Could the struts be there because he is getting old and needed something to hold on to while entering/exiting the airplane? My grandma was always looking for a handhold while getting out of any vehicle... :gig: Is it possible the strut could be transferring load either from or to the wing...
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    Jet Black Aircraft - JB441 Single Place Aluminum sport plane

    It's a good looking plane, IMHO. If you can get that thing under FAR103 weight, it would be awesome to do a racing series based on planes this size and weight.
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    Wood Velomobile Build

    This may be a little out of bounds for this forum, but there might also be some guys here interested in such things. I saw this Velomobile build on another forum and thought the wood and stick guys might get a kick out of seeing the Velomobile come together. Heck you might be able to chime in...
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    A Nice Little Surprise...

    I know, I know, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" But how much does the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A cost new?
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    21st century Volksplane?

    I agree the foam can have voids and air bubbles, as well as having bonding issues on the skin of a previous layer. I don't agree that the design of said airplane is completely void of any composite construction. 3D printing could lead to interesting possibilities for cheap molds, hell, they...
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