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 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!
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.
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!
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
web page! Don't even think about building a glass plane with out this
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