The Sacrificial (Work)bench

workbench-spar-verticalI have a thing about really beautiful workshops—white painted walls, wonderful lighting, organized cabinetry and storage shelves... Every time I see pictures of other people's shops that look this way, I am envious. My own shop is a little darker, with unmatched shelves, numerous toolboxes bought at different times and places, and yes—a floor that only gets swept once in awhile. It's organized—but I can just never find the time to make it "perfect." Continue reading "The Sacrificial (Work)bench"

Vote for the Best Workshop

As homebuilders, we're partial to well organized shops - they help us keep the project on track and it's no secret that many award winning airplanes came from shops that reflect the builder's desire to impress.

We need your votes! Visit the voting page and choose your favorite.

My wife agreed to let me build a RV but not in our garage! So after a year long battle with the local township, I built a pole barn just behind my house. Not as big as I wanted but good enough. The photo attached does not show how nice it turned out and there are dozens of features designed into it for the purpose of building the RV, but I wanted to point out the most amazing feature of all. I built a three dimentional overhead crane system that just about allowed me to build this project single handed! It is built from surplus and used steel and hoist from my business that had been setting around for years. The only parts I had to purchase were the end trucks. All in all, it helped to make the build very enjoyable. Some other features are radiant heat, air-conditioning, lots of electrical, enough light to make you want to wear sun glasses, all season insulation, metal walls for sticking magnets to with documents, a built in paint booth, storage, music, etc. A great place to hang out in.
My wife agreed to let me build a RV but not in our garage! So after a year long battle with the local township, I built a pole barn just behind my house. Not as big as I wanted but good enough. The photo does not show how nice it turned out and there are dozens of features designed into it for the purpose of building the RV, but I wanted to point out the most amazing feature of all. I built a three-dimensional overhead crane system that just about allowed me to build this project single handed! It is built from surplus and used steel and a hoist from my business that had been sitting around for years. The only parts I had to purchase were the end trucks. All in all, it helped to make the build very enjoyable. Some other features are radiant heat, air-conditioning, lots of electrical, enough light to make you want to wear sun glasses, all season insulation, metal walls for sticking magnets to with documents, a built in paint booth, storage, music, etc. A great place to hang out.

 

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Wicks TIG Welding and Superflite Covering Workshops in January

Wicks Aircraft Supply is offering a pair of two-day workshops for homebuilders that focus on TIG welding and the Superflite aircraft-covering process. The events are planned for individuals seeking initial contact or refreshing experience with required skills for aircraft construction. No prior experience is needed. Continue reading "Wicks TIG Welding and Superflite Covering Workshops in January"

Coming Soon: Try Before You Buy Zenith Workshops

Participants in Zenith factory workshops have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in building a Zenith kit aircraft. For a relatively low cost, they can start assembling parts of the kit under the guidance of factory professionals, and upon graduation have a rudder tail section for a STOL CH 750 or Zodiac CH 650 to show for the effort. Continue reading "Coming Soon: Try Before You Buy Zenith Workshops"

Wicks Announces Fall Workshops

Want to get a leg-up on your welding or fabric-covering skills? Wicks Aircraft might be able to help.

The company has announced the dates for workshops this fall to take place at the Highland, Illinois, headquarters.

--September 18 will be a one-and-a-half day covering and painting workshop hosted by SuperFlite. Workshop cost is $200 for EAA members, $225 for non members.

--Two-day TIG welding workshops will take place on September 11-12, October 16-17, November 13-14, and January 8-9, 2011. Workshop cost is $399 for EAA members, $425 for non members.

For more information, visit the Wicks website.

Wicks Welding Workshop Offered

As part of its continuing workshops program for aircraft builders, Wicks Aircraft Supply will offer a TIG welding workshop on February 27 and 28, 2010. Featuring "Mister TIG," aka Wyatt Swaim, the event will be a hands-on experience with TIG welding equipment.

During the 16 hours, participants will learn the basics of welding 4130 chrome-moly tubing, mild steel and aluminum for creating fuel tanks. Basic metallurgy will also be explored. The workshop is designed to provide instruction for 9 to 12 people. The cost is $425 per person, or $399 for EAA and SCCA members. Coffee, donuts and lunch will be provided at the Highland, Illinois site. Continue reading "Wicks Welding Workshop Offered"