Work tables 99% done

I spent a few hours today finishing up the work tables, they look good! I added some retractable casters to make them easier to move around.

The last 1% is a attaching some vinyl fabric over the MDF tops – I’ll get that done during the week. Really hoping the empennage and wing kits will start making their way East this week, I’m eager to get started!

Meanwhile, I need to make some choices on a VOR antenna and a tail beacon light. For lighting, I was going to go with Aveo Engineering lighting, but some reports are telling me to look elsewhere. I want to be legal for night flight, but I’m discovering that not all lights made for experimental planes are legal for night flight (makes me wonder, what’s the point of making a light that’s not legal for night?). Whelen and AeroLEDs seem to be the other major players. I want the lights to be synchronized when they flash/blink, so that seems to eliminate Whelen. These things are also freakin expensive! Maybe I’ll just make my own?

Work tables progressing

Tonight I chopped up a bunch of 2×4’s needed for the pair of work benches. I deviated slightly from the plans – mine will be 6′ long (instead of 5′), 3″ taller (since I’m tall!), and the tops will be 3/4″ MDF rather than plywood. I’m also covering the tops with some vinyl fabric I bought from Amazon, primarily to protect parts from scratches but also to make the tables a little more aesthetically pleasing 😁

Should be ready to assemble tomorrow!

Getting set up

I picked up materials this weekend to make my workbenches, following plans from EAA Chapter 1000. Still some work to do to transform my garage / wood shop into a metal shop, but I’ve still got a week or two before the fun starts.

Also received a few more tools and supplies, including this nifty rivnut tool from Astro Pneumatic – it attaches to a drill to smoothly pull the rivnut.