# Building with minimal tools

Discussion in 'Workshop Tips and Secrets / Tools' started by Little Scrapper, Aug 25, 2017.

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1. Aug 31, 2017

### Pops

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If I am down to 3 or 4 projects at one time it would be a rare. While building Bearhawks, I built my 1968 VW Bug with a V-8 engine, My SSSC airplane, restored a C-172 and my daughters C-140 and assembled a C-150 from boxes of parts.
At this time I'm working on the JMR Special, collecting parts of a VW Trike, building a greenhouse, finishing the restoration of my Chevy 3/4 ton truck.

2. Aug 31, 2017

### Pops

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And when I grew up, I want to just like Scrapper.

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3. Aug 31, 2017

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At this time, I need to get off the computer and get outside and work on the greenhouse and then after supper work on the painting of the JMR wings.

4. Sep 1, 2017

### Little Scrapper

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I didn't go off on anybody, Joe, stop stirring the pot. I have nothing bad to say about pops whatsoever.

I just hate it when threads turn in to negative posts about others that don't exist. It's just not healthy.

If I see something wrong I say something. Let's stay in topic.

5. Sep 1, 2017

### Rockiedog2

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Scrapper...it was a joke, man.

6. Sep 1, 2017

### Little Scrapper

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I know. I need to use those smiley faces don't I?

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7. Sep 1, 2017

### Little Scrapper

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Ever see a drill bit unwind? Lol.

8. Sep 1, 2017

### Rockiedog2

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Harbor freight?
I've broken a bunch or em but never untwisted one. Looks like somethin a plumber would do. :gig:

9. Sep 1, 2017

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I have just about everything except a TIG welder. Had one once but sold it to my brother and he doesn't use it either.
I don't think a TIG welder qualifies for attempting to build with minimal tools.
Is a $150 rivet gun too much? And a$100 air compressor.

10. Sep 1, 2017

### Little Scrapper

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Yup, Harbor Freight it is. Good call. I bought the set they had on sale a few weeks ago for \$3.99. Never seen anything quite like it.

11. Sep 1, 2017

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TIG is definitely a luxury item.

12. Sep 1, 2017

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BBerson my rivet gun is a handmedown from Mr. Bob who used it as a B24 mech in WW2...it's got a teaser trigger that's smooth as butter. Nice. Didn't cost me a penny but it's priceless. He used it from the war til he died in about 04; professional mech and IA so it's been used A LOT.
I used a TIG a few x and didn't much like it so never got one. I've made it fine with OA and stick/MIG. I'm like you a TIG doesn't seem like minimalist to me.

13. Sep 1, 2017

### Rockiedog2

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I think it'd sling me across the room before it untwisted but you got more advantage on it than I do Scrapper LOL

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14. Sep 1, 2017

### Little Scrapper

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Haha, I'm down 7 more pounds since Oshkosh. I need to look like you if I want to fit in my Cassutt.

Anyhow. Most of the Cassutt is OA. I prefer it over TIG really.

15. Sep 1, 2017

### Rockiedog2

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OA.
Old School rules.

16. Sep 1, 2017

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OA has its places and tig has its places. Both are nice to have. Don't own a mig. First time I used a mig was in 1969 when the contractor wanted to try one out on the membrane between the wall tubes of a large boiler at a power plant. Didn't meet the requirements for the job and everything had to be ground out and rewelded with stick. A lot of my life I did things with what I had in the way of tools. I quit that a long time ago. Can't get enough good tools.

17. Sep 1, 2017

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Yesterday I TIG welded my control stick just to keep warpage down. This was a very hard weld because I had it in a deep jig.

I have a dedicated TIG machine and a dedicated MIG machine and a multiprocess machine. What I like most about MIG is I can weld most things without obsessive cleaning. TIG is a beautiful weld it's just less than ideal for most things. This weekend I need to weld up a broken drag I pit behind the Allis Chalmers CA tractor, I'll be using MIG for that.

18. Sep 5, 2017

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Don't throw away your worn out screwdrivers
Cut the handle off, chuck it up in your drill, turn on your bench grinder, turn on your drill, hold the spinning screwdriver against the side of your spinning grinder wheel at your favorite center punch angle to a point you like and you got yourself a nice little centerpunch that's just right for the light material we usually work with. Cheap is good.

19. Oct 18, 2017

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more screwdriver tools
I use a lot of hardware store AL pop rivets for non structural fasteners. I hate installing nut plates. Everybody knows how to drill out a rivet but sometimes they don't cooperate and the hole gets elongated or the like. Here's a "just right" cold chisel and a specialty punch both made from screwdrivers. Knock the nail outa the rivet with the punch and cut the head off with the cold chisel with one proper lick with the proper hammer and then pop the rivet outa the hole with your automatic center punch. Usually works pretty good. Quick. Occasionally end up having to drill one out usually on flimsy parts.

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