Only wings in the garage, fuse is too big.

Shade-tree mechanic no longer!
10/16, Moved again...
Job changes are very hard on build schedules! But I've had some career opportunities I just couldn't refuse, and the project took back seat. I'll keep inching it along, but no more predictions on when it will be complete ;-)

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09/14, Moved again...
Another job change. This time the fuse is in a hangar at KCID, and only the incomplete parts are in my garage. I will be flying this thing within a year.

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07/07 Moved again, my final workshop ! I've been working on the fuse in a rental storage unit while my permanent housing situation stabilized after a job move. Finally, after 7 months, I've got my plane in my new house's basement workshop. The new workshop has a garage door that opens into the backyard, has heat and A/C, a large workbench, shelf units, and plenty of space to walk around the plane. I do need to add more lighting though.

It is by far my best workshop yet!

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11/6 Moved again, yet another workshop. I'm temporarily living in an apt until my home in TX sells. On that event, my wife will move up here, pick a new house, and I will be happy with it.

Until then, I've moved yardart into a self-storage unit 5 min from work in DeSoto, KS. I have power, but no heat or latrine. The fuse barely fits, I'll have to come up with another answer when I'm ready to install FWF.

The unit is nice, tho. I've got a desk, some shelf space, a loft for the empennage & remaining parts, and can roll the fuse right out to work on it. Or leave it in, depending on weather. I feel spoiled after working outdoors for so long.

I was telling my wife that the best thing about having a shop is that I can leave tools / parts / manuals out, and come back to them the next day. Working outside I had to clean up every night & start over the next day. Wastes a lot of time.

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I started to build during a temporary assignment in Virginia. The house I was renting included a 2-car garage, so I took the entire garage up with the construction & my motorcycle. (My wife's SUV being stuck out in the driveway may have something to do with her decision to heckle.)

For a workbench I used a 5x8 utility trailor with a reinforced plywood deck. I was able to level it with a combination of the tongue jack and balancing the air pressure in the tires. After a little use I did put a single 2x4 leg under one corner to give it more rigidity. The trailer is a good height, level, and much bigger than any workbench I've ever seen (8x8)

I moved back to TX in April, where I have a small shop in the back yard, but no garage. The shop is barely big enough for my tools, no way airplane parts will fit inside. What I've done is park the trailer under a shade tree by the shop, and just work outside. I store the finished parts by hanging them along the rafters. Using the trailer outside has the benefit of being able to walk around all sides of it, providing better access than when it was parked in a corner of the garage in VA.

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