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Date:  4-26-2009
Number of Hours:  8.00
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Brief Description:  Final shop preparations

There has been quite a bit of fussing about in the past week. However, the good news is that the shop is (mostly) done. It's ready to use.

The first photo shows one of two work benches. This is opposite the bench constructed previously. There is an eight foot wide space between the two benches so there's plenty of room to move around. Aside from organizing, finding new homes for tools and parts, and generally cleaning up, there have been two big additions in the past week. The air compressor and the shelves.

You'll see shelves above the bench. I find it very handy to have things right above where I'm working - supplies such as glue, tools, and other commonly used items. So i had to add these shelves. You can never do just one thing. Even something as building shelves turned into a pain in the neck project. First problem: I had to go to Home Depot and Lowe's to find the right brackets and shelving because each store was out of stock of parts to make their respective shelves and, of course, there shelving systems weren't quite interchangeable. Ugh. Next problem is that the wall is cinder block... and I've never drilled in it before. I bought the special bit but it didn't make a dent in the wall... until I rented a hammer drill from Taylor Rental. $17 in rental fees is cheaper than buying a new toy, aka drill. The thing was NOISY. There were eight holes to drill and they were a pain. That said, I'm very pleased with the way the shelves worked out.

Next item... air compressor. Once again, you can never do just one thing. After reading others' comments, i decided that I really wanted the highest volume compressor I could afford (under $500) and I found it at Home Depot. A $439 two stage, oiled compressor that would deliver 10.2 CFM at 90 PSI. Wahoo! (Also, HD is having a BIG sale so it was actually 25% off.) Problem: my building doesn't have a 230V outlet. So, I call in a (real) electrician and he tells me it will cost $600 to run a legal line. The next day he calls back and info
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New work bench and the mighty shelves

New work bench and the mighty shelves

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Sander for the ribs.  And the conductors stand I use to hold the Biplane Forum Builders Manual.

Sander for the ribs. And the conductors stand I use to hold the Biplane Forum Builders Manual.

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The view from the shop...

The view from the shop...

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