Introduction Chapter
This chapter of the manual was pretty useful but not a lot of it bears repeating here. Probably the most useful things in the intro can be found on this sites glossary page.

So I am going to talk about neat-o tools and stuff here. As I find them I will pass them on to you in this section.

One thing the Intro talked about though was mixing epoxy and how to build an epoxy scale. I nipped that one in the bud with a lesson learned from all those other builders pages I have read over the last couple of years! I bought an epoxy pump first thing! I bought a JB products pump through Velocity and it was delivered with the kit.

As you can kinda see here (Darned "auto focus" camera) the pump has two tanks, one for resin one for hardener with a tube from each tank coming up to a spout. To adjust the ratio, the tank in the foreground moves from left to right a seen here. On the silver handle that runs down beneath the tanks are marks engraved in the metal like a tire gauge from 0 to 100. In this picture it is set to 44, to make the ratio of hardener 100:44. That's the ratio for the brand of epoxy I am using. If you look at the design for a minute you can see how the cylinder to the left will get a smaller stroke than the one on the right. If I buy some 1:1 ratio epoxy then I just slide the front tank to the right and then both cylinders will get an equal stroke. I guess the simplicity of it amazes me because I sure think this one one neat little machine.

To adjust some of the other pumps on the market you change pins or even handles to change ratios which puts limits on what ratios you can mix plus you may have to buy spare handles etc. to change your ratio. This one does any ratio from 1:0 to 1:1 just by loosening two screws. Neat design!

The Light Saber!



I call it my light saber because it kinda sounds like one and where ever you wave it, things get cut! It's just a little air powered reciprocating saw that holds hack saw like blades. I call it my light saber because it kinda sounds like one and where ever you wave it, things get cut!

I had never seen one of these before but Mark Machado, in the Velocity construction tapes, uses one like it quite regularly and I knew I had to have one. I looked all over in the aircraft tool catalogs, in the hot rod catalogs, in the welding and fabrication catalogs, in the farmers catalogs and in the myriad tools stores around the Dallas area and no joy for over six months. Then one day I was browsing the Sears Tool catalog and lo and behold, there it was. I had looked in all those specialty places and there it was at plain 'ole Sears the whole time!

It is now my favorite tool! "WAAaaaaeeeeeAAA WhAAAAAeeeeeaaaaa. The circle is now complete Obi-Wan. WAAAAAEEEEEaaaahhhh waaaaahhhh" Ah, the joys of testosterone!

Mobile Cradle


After the Thanksgiving '98 moving marathon (see chapter 14.2) Bill got smart and built this nice rolling cradle. The tires are actually inflatable! 1) This thing really beats the crappie sawhorses I had made (BTW: thanks to all of you who wrote to make fun of my sawhorses!) and 2) It really makes the most of the limited space of the garage.

We can just move the plane to where ever maximizes the space in the area we are working! Working on the back? Just push it forward, sticking the nose out of the garage and you have plenty of room in back. Then just push it back in when your done. Wonderful. Hats off to Bill!

BTW: This is Bill my building partner. In a way he is neat new stuff too because he joined me after the project started.

The Pizza Cutter!



Now here is a little tool I wish I discovered a long time ago! A new friend of mine and fellow home builder introduced me to this wonderful creation! I call it the Pizza Cutter! It looks like one and works like one in principle. It cuts glass cloth like paper! If you are reading this chapter first then you will read later how I have bemoaned the cutting of cloth. If you have already perused the rest of the pages then you are probably sick of me moaning about cutting cloth.

This little baby does the job though. Just roll it right down the cloth and it cuts straight and clean. it cost $14.00 at Wal Mart in the notions department. The single BEST tool I have bought so far. Beats the hell out of the $54 shears shown in the picture as well. All hail Steve Genotte, Europa builder in Dallas and be sure to visit his web page! Don't even think about building a glass plane with out this wonderful gizmo!

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