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ionraice

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So, before you build your plane you need something to build it on. It needs to be really flat and pretty smooth. Since I have a small workshop and I do not intend to live in my current house forever I needed a flexible option that fits through a regular door. I also don't like unneeded complications so I choose some plans that require only a hammer, some clamps, a drill and a chop saw. So I am doing the EAA chapter 1000 bench. Below I have a picture of all the needed lumber to build 4 of these smaller benches.
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If these are built properly they can be clamped together to make 1 flat 12' by 4' table which is big enough for many builds. I bought this at home depot but any lumber yard will do, as you can see I had the longest and hardest cut made at the store for 2 reasons; They have that oh so awesome tool made specifically for this cut and a 4' by 8' sheet of plywood does not fit in my car.

If you looked at the plans you are likely wondering why I didn't mention a saw to cut plywood to length. I am planing on using a flush cutting hand saw to trim the 2' off the end of the workbench once it is already assembled this way i can even make a special jig or tool holder out of that end but we will see how that turns out.

-Ham
 

ionraice

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Separately these 4 tables will be 2' by 6' each and will only be combined for wing and fuselage assembly in which case it will be in the center of the room, accessible from all sides.
 

wiloows5050

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My portable table was way easier. One 3/4 plywood sheet with ripped to 3' set on top of a six foot folding table. Easy to put away, but when I move my shop I will make (3) 8'X3' tables that can be bolted together to make one 24' table. Post lots of pictures I might see something I can copy.
Don
 

ionraice

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Ok, I finally had a little time to work on my benches. The first thing I did was set up the chop saw and box. My workshop floor is carpet over pored cement. While it is pretty level it is no so flat so I layed down one of the 3/4" plywood peices to make it flatter.
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Above you can see the specially made box that is the exact same height of the chopsaws table.
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Here you can see the how straight the playwood is when laying on the floor.

Then I read the directions on the EAA 1000 website and it says to build the top first and then build it upside-down so I cut the 2x4s I needed to make the frame that is the top. Those boards I cut were 1, 2, 5, 6, 10 and 11. After cutting look like this:
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For those of you not farmilliar with woodwork; more on cutting exactly, keeping track of your wood and framing later.
 
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