Discussion in 'Workshop Tips and Secrets / Tools' started by tralika, Feb 14, 2018.
The wings had to go somewhere while I worked on the fuselage. Don't you think the colors went well?
Hanging your wings and tail-feathers - on walls or ceilings - will free up floor space.
I built my plane in a workshop equal to a single car garage. 12 feet by 18 feet.
I primed the fuselage and moved it outside. Wings were assembled and skinned in the covered area under the deck, outside the shop.
I tried to work on the project everyday.
I bought a cheap awning to block the sun.
I used plastic tarps from HF.
Weather cooperated by having temperatures good enough to cure epoxy and dry paint.
I post-cured with black plastic and sunlight.
I painted outside, not one bug was invited nor showed up.
When it rained, I bailed out water and wiped metal parts.
I built a bigger room.
There have been basement walls removed to get the airplane out. I always wonder if it was supposed to fit out a window.
Back in my RV-6 building days, I was a bachelor. It made a lot of things simpler.
The completed wings lived along a wall in my master bedroom for a couple of years, the dining room was home for the canopy for a year or so, and one of the off-bedrooms housed tailfeathers. Chicks dug the shiny wings in the bedroom. ;-)
These days? The RV-10 fuselage is in the garage. The wings are in the basement. The empennage is in the hangar at the airport. Those are all SWMBO approved locations unless the fuselage is in the way of parking her car. The avionics in the formal dining room? She doesn't care (we don't use the room), but she pretends like she does.
I built the biggest hangar I could afford. I have 6000 sq ft of floor space and even with 3 assembeld airplanes and 3 cars I have not yet run out of room.
...but I should have built even bigger.
I'm gonna send you 3 Aeronca projects to store for me.
I remember back in the late 70's seeing a picture of a KT_1 being built in a small single wide trailer, the center section stub sere going out the window on 1 side
"OMG, my shop is too small!"
Was said by no one, EVER!
I think you mean "OMG my shop is too big" :whistle:
I smell a t shirt~!
I found an empty cellar room and sorta conquered it and claimed it mine.
My room is so small that I can only make a very small aeroplane.
I'm throwing stuff out. It is deeply traumatic.
Especially when you have to go buy the very same thing you threw out 6 months ago.
I use a system of time vs cost to dispose of the dunsel. The more it costs the longer it must have been since the last use/need.
The Bellanca 14-13 wings are getting close to firewood stage......... Gave the Franklin to my nephew for his Stinson.
No, there's one day a month I utter those words...
Power and gas bill day. On those days my hangar is too effin big and I should seriously make it smaller.
The rest of the month I'm ok with it.
What? No property taxes up there!?
No that one doesn't bother me as much. For whatever reason it's classed as an agricultural building, so it's really not awful.
Had a huge house. Built one from scratch so I would have a giant heated shop. Then I outgrew that shop and rented space in an 11k sq foot hangar. Still have the giant shop at the house. I have rationalized this to myself by telling myself that I didn't want my business at my house anymore and had to move the CNC machines and all the airplane/composite stuff out. <John Lovitts voice> Yeah, that's the ticket.....
I would say I probably need to talk to someone in the psychological arts at this point.
I hate to throw even a small piece of plywood into a garbage pin after band sawing something.
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