milk crates, and insert, and an upholstered top
A work shop needs to be functional and so too must everything in the shop. A furniture dolly can be useful for moving large objects but it often is idle. This tip makes it much more useful.
The trick is repurposed milk crates. They are very strong and standard sized.
The fist step is to assemble an insert for the furniture dolly so it is solid. I used scrap 3/4″ plywood material that spans the width of the dolly rails. On the underside of the insert are strips that fit just inside rails of the dolly. I finished the insert with two strips on top which just fit inside an upside down milk crate.
Next I cut some 1/2″ plywood (3/4″ works too) so it was 2″ wider than a milk crate on all sides. I took two thicknesses of old carpet padding cut 1/2″ wider than the top on all sides. I used contact adhesive to bond the two layers of padding together and onto the top. Finally I covered the top with some old shop cloth – pulling the covering around to the underside and stapling. I then cut an old 2×4 in half length wise and screwed these as rails to the underside of the padded top. It just fits down onto a milk crate.
The front porch will receive Craftsman style columns with stone bases. I’ve taken a real picture of the farmhouse and rendered in the five columns.
The bases will be 30" x 30" x 32" (W x D x H) and the columns will be 6′ tall square tapered with a 16-1/2" cap and a 21-1/2" foot.
The stone bases will be made from the same paver stones used for the patio-porch.
On paper the bases sound massive but given the proportions of the farmhouse, they do not look out of place.
… and yes, there is enough space at the top of the bases for a coffee cup … or to put your feet up !
It’s time to finish the front porch. The current appearance is a stone paver "deck" that is at ground level. It is really just a patio extending from the farmhouse out to the end of the overhang. The overhang will receive a lapboard ceiling. The columns are currently steel I-beams resting on round concrete footings, about 24" in diameter. Since the column locations on the footings vary a bit, the base needs to be 30" square to have each column consistently center over each base.
The columns will be 6′ tall pre-formed fiberglass wraps and will be painted to compliment the farmhouse. The columns will sit on 32" tall bases.
- strait vs tapered columns
- strait vs tapered bases
- painted material vs stone bases
What is your vote ?
Sometimes you find yourself in the enviable position of having all your chores done and left to your own to fill an afternoon. It’s even more rare when the weather deities have chosen that same afternoon to bestow dry air, light winds and only the puffiest of cotton ball clouds.
It was just such a confluence that happened on Saturday to I pulled out the Devastator, gave it a good “once over” and launched from the just mowed long narrow lawn.
The destination was a little ways off. It would take a little more than 90 minutes to get from 53VG to 5NC3.
The flight was beautiful and only the slightest of bumps and burbles to serve as a reminder this was flying an RV-8 and not an afternoon in a BarcaLounger.
After landing. I taxied past a home that looks like the little brother to my own “metal house”. There was really no time to stare, there was food ahead.
Most everyone who has traveled 220nm to get to Pick-n-Pig is greeted by a waiting line. The food is THAT good. fortunately I know secrets. I was seated immediately.
I could have stuffed myself on a nice pulled pork sandwich with sides of beans and slaw but I was on a mission. I was here for PIE! Key Lime pie to be exact.
I tried to savor it but it evaporated before my very eyes. Oh well. Pie always evaporates. It’s a scientific fact that it has very low coefficients of both adhesion and cohesion.
Back out side, the parking area for planes had thinned out considerably. The Citabria and the three Cubs had departed along with a few other craft. There was one classy bird still sun bathing.
I decided I had been on the ground long enough and should get high as soon as possible. There was a slight headwind up at 9,500′ but it was Kentucky Rye smooth.
At one point I decided to drop down for some sight seeing. I spotted the best case of “the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s” – two guys with adjacent farms decided they each had to have their own grass strips. I’d say the guy on the left wins. He has a nicer looking runway (at least from 1500′) and even has a perfect tree lined driveway.
Finally home, I picked up a hitchhiker while taxiing back to the hangar. This little green guy is not so little.
All in all the day was great. The only lingering problem was that dang pie. It was only a fleeting memory.
As visitors to 53VG know, food is important. So, after watching the sun go down and then watching it come back up again I decided visitors should get to enjoy Key Lime Pie a whole new way – Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches.
plumbing the paint shop with RapidAir
The air supply in the shop has a two stage compressor with a cooling coil and a very large tank. Still, when I’m painting, I can use a lot of air and that air can pick up moisture from the compression process.
The solution is a good water separator.
I keep a disposable “last chance” water separator on the paint gun but I’ve also known I should have a good regulator/separator inside the paint booth. The challenge has always been how to plumb it into my shop air. The solution was to use RapidAir.
The shop already uses the RapidAir system to distribute air from the compressor to a few drops throughout the shop. Fortunately, there were some left over parts. Since I feed to paint booth using the retractable hose by the compressor, all I needed to do was mount the air-hose male fitting outside the booth using a RapidAir manifold block and a slip-in connector. Then, a run of hose into the booth and, using another slip-in connector, feed right into the separator/regulator. I installed an air-hose female quick disconnect. With the exception of a brass step down adapter (to match the different diameter fittings) and a brass 90 elbow, all the other parts were in the shop – left over from other projects.
use an old oil bottle as a travel funnel
Nearly every pilot travels with a spare quart of oil (or two) when traveling in their airplane.
The challenge comes when we actually need to add that quart of oil through the fill tube. Most airplanes – especially the RV line – have very small inspection doors for checking the oil level.
An easy travel funnel can be made from an empty quart of oil !
For the RV-8, the trick is to insert the funnel with the short side positioned at 2 o-clock and then rotate clockwise it to the 12 position. This way the funnel screws into the fill tube and is hands-free!
It stores conveniently on the end of a full quart of oil.
I’m sure you have paper towels in your airplane too