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My shop is set up in my airplane hangar at a small airport near my home. My family and I decided to build an old 1930s wood and fabric airplane, so we started to keep our eyes peeled for handy tools. Prior to starting our project, we had a drill press, skill saw and various hand tools… now we have a table saw, tabletop router, compound miter saw, 4" jointer, band saw, disc/belt sander, bench grinder, gas welding rig and lots of various clamps, hand tools, service carts and other handy tools. We have found that there are different tools that offer a huge time savings and turn out nicer results than we could do by hand. I am an intermediate woodworker at best, but I sure am having fun learning all the different things I can do with the proper tools.

As you can see from the photos, it isn't an ordinary shop. I am working in a 40' x 30' T-hangar with my power tools set up to the left, the workbenches arranged down the center and my wood storage to the right. So far it has been working out well. Also in the photos are my completed wings leaning against opposing walls. They will be stored in a wing cradle soon. I have the two 8' x 4' work benches arranged end to end right now because I am beginning work on my tail section and then my 14' long fuselage. Normally they are arranged side by side with walking room around all sides. Once the airplane is completed, the tables will be moved out to the wings to make room for the airplane and be accessable for maintenance issues, or the next project.

The airplane we are building is called a Pietenpol Air Camper.

You can see some of my work by visiting my build log at www.mykitlog.com/k5yac

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very cool. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Blue Skies.
 

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Welcome Mark
Some inside photos would be cool.
 

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Yeah, I'm at work now, but I have some better (recent) photos at home. I'll try to add some tonight.
 

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Hi Mark, I am looking forward to sseing pictures of the inside.
 

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Welcome to LJs Mark,I agree with all above pics.would be nice, and some of your plane.
 

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I posted a couple more photos, and added a bit more to my write up.

Thanks for looking!
 

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Greetings Mark and a warm welcome to LJs. You're gonna like it here.

Your posts are fascinating and we look forward to future postings.

As a woodworker, one thing has always intrigued me… Are wooden propellers made from a single, solid block or in carefully laminated sections?

Thanks, and all the best,
Peter
 

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Mark, this is a nice looking shop that you have. It looks to me as if you have plenty of room to maneuver between the tool stations in there and you have it organized well.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed touring your shop.
 

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Peter… I've seen wooden props made from solid blocks AND laminated sections. I know a few guys that have actually carved their own following the instructional DVD of a well known prop builder, and they are beautiful.
 
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