Building an Airplane
Building an Airplane

Build Log 0004: EAA Benches, Decided on a Model, and Orders In!


Today was a pretty productive day.  Thursdays are usually my slow day for work, so between calls I was able to make some progress on workbenches, thanks to the help of Jerry, our good friend and former neighbor.

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By the time the day was over, we had two EAA workbenches built (I opted for 66″ by 24″ bases with 72″ by 30″ tops for a 3″ overhang all around), and had unpacked some of the initial equipment that had already arrived.

What Else Has Happened Since My Last Post

  • After lots of research and soul-searching, I’ve opted to build the RV-7 over the RV-14A.  I realized that most of my flying will be with people smaller than me (my wife, daughters, etc.), and I could afford to use a few pounds throughout the build, anyway.
  • I placed the order for the RV-7 empennage kit.  Don’t have a shipping date yet, but I suspect it will be soon.  I ordered the electric trim add-on, too.
  • I placed an order for the Oshkosh RV Tool Kit from PlaneTools (Isham), a compressor (more on this later), a tabletop drill press, and more.  A lot of it should be arriving over the next week or so.
  • Finally, I ordered the Van’s practice kits (airfoil and tool box).  I’m going to tackle those first and post my work on VAF for review.  Can’t take a weekend to get to the EAA Sheet Metal Class for a few months, so I’m hoping to figure things out with the help of VAF, YouTube, etc.

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