Plane Has a New Home

After three and a half years in the garage. I finally moved the plane to its new home in my hangar!

There was probably a lot more work I could have done before moving it, but there were some circumstances that dictated I needed to move to the airport.

It started by first getting a giant truck with a lift gate. Once I got that to the house I had my friend Mike over to help me out. We removed the canopy and rear window (which I just had sitting on the plane temporarily…need to finish this) and then rolled the plane out into the driveway.

I know it doesn’t look like much, but seeing the plane in the driveway is one of the coolest things.

After doing some measurements and planning over the last couple months, I realized that the wheels were too wide for the lift gate. Luckily Mike had a 4×8 sheet of plywood that we laid on top of the lift gate.

We rolled the plane forward and lined it up. If it wasn’t for the plywood, this would have been a very precarious balancing issue (Thanks Mike!).

We chocked the wheels once we made sure the engine wouldn’t hit the floor of the truck when lifting, and then raised the plane up and pushed it into the truck. My girlfriend Britney did an awesome job holding the whole airplane in the air!

Once the plane was in. we loaded up the rest of the few remaining items and secured everything down. It felt a little nerve wracking having all this in the back of a truck, but it all went off without a hitch.

I managed to drive the truck (slowly) down to the airport in San Martin and we basically did the reverse, and there were no issues. Luckily the rain held off the whole time we were moving.

We rolled the plane in and it felt like a huge accomplishment. I immediately wanted to start mounting the tail and wings and everything on the plane, but the wings will have to wait for another time.

I loosely fit the horizontal and vertical stabilizers using some clamps. This is probably the coolest thing ever (so far)!

All in all, it was a very successful and satisfying day. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Mike and Britney and of course my mom, who brought us all some lunch and helped with the moving of everything! (Garage can now be used for her car again)!

Plane Has a New Home

Finished (95%) the workshop and Vans Practice Toolbox kit

It’s been a few weeks of cleaning the garage and organizing everything onto some new shelves we got so that I can finally finish setting up the workshop.

I also got my Isham Toolkit delivery last weekend and spent a little while checking out all the tools that come with it. But today I put those tools to good use and finished the Vans RV training Toolkit.

It’s a small toolbox that demonstrates some of the building techniques used in building their planes. It took me about 3 hours to knock it out, I had to take my time with the first few rivets, but once I got the hang of it it went pretty quick.

Using the pneumatic squeezer really helped. I got consistent and straight rivets, both flush and the button head rivets.

Even though it’s just a toolbox, it’s still the first step in building my plane, and I think it was a nice preview into how much work this will really be. I look forward to every minute of it!

Pretty soon there will be a plane in here! (Hopefully)

Next time I post I will be doing the more difficult practice kit for the control surfaces. That will definitely be a fun one.

Finished (95%) the workshop and Vans Practice Toolbox kit

Finished One Work Bench

I spent the day getting a bunch of wood and tools together to build a couple EAA 1000 Workbenches. These things are great! It will end up costing me about $60 a piece for both completed benches and these will last me a lifetime. Check out the plans here if you’re interested: EAA 1000 Workbench

Heres the wood after I cut it to the correct sizes

Wood And here is a complete Table!  I haven’t done woodworking a long time, so this was a great exercise to get back into building stuff. I’ll build the second table tomorrow, you can see all the wood on the bottom shelf.Bench 1

Finished One Work Bench