Brian & Brandi's RV-10

Tools - Part 2

by Brian Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We've bought several tools since the last tool post. Heres a list:

Needed From Cost
Tap Set Harbor Freight $9.00
Air Die Grinder Harbor Freight $15.00
3M Vapor Masks Home Depot $30.00
Air Cut-off Tool and Blades Harbor Freight $20.00
Mini 4v Cordless Screw Driver Home Depot $11.00
Debur Hex Bit Adapter and 3 Blade Tip Avery $28.00
StripMaster Wire Strippers Used eBay $30.00
Scotch-Brite Wheels and Mandrels for Die Grinder Avery $40.00
Total $183.00


by Brian Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We started out with very few tools so most of the things needed to do this project had to be purchased. Theres a lot to be said about nice quality tools. Theres also a lot to be said about saving a buck. With that said, a lot of the things that I would consider ancillary were inexpensive tools purchased from Harbor Freight. I think most of them will be fine.

Here's a list of what we bought and the rough cost. These prices were as of 2010 and of course would change over time. Take this for what its worth. It's just to give a general starting idea of what tools were needed and roughly how much someone could spend on the cheap side (with the exception of the Isham tool kit). We got the more expensive tool kit from Isham that included the pneumatic squeezer and other nice goodies.


Needed From Cost
Air Compressor Harbor Freight $137.00
Isham Tool Kit $2,550.00
Bench Grinder Harbor Freight $34.00
Scotch-Brite 6" Wheels   $48.00
Drill Press - 12 speed Harbor Freight $124.00
Circular Saw Harbor Freight $34.00
Folding Saw Horses (2) Harbor Freight $20.00
Rolling cart Harbor Freight $55.00
Air Hose Reel/filters/adapters Harbor Freight/Home Depot $125.00
Toolbox Harbor Freight $140.00
Misc Harbor Freight $100.00
Clamps (various size and types) Harbor Freight $40.00
Adjustable Set Holder for Squeezer Avery $60.00
Rivet Spacer & #30/#40 Reamers Aircraft Spruce $35.00
Digital Caliper Harbor Freight $10.00
Torque wrench (in lbs) Harbor Freight $20.00
Total $3,532.00

EAA Workbenches

by Brian Sunday, August 01, 2010

We built two of the 'EAA Workbenches'. We put a strip of carpet on top (its not attached but it stays in place just fine). I recommend that anyone building these workbenches should make the table top bigger so there's a lip around all ends for clamping things to.

EAA Chapter 1000 Standardized Work Tables

Workshop construction

by Brian Monday, July 26, 2010

We needed a place to build the plane and everything I've read said have a shop at home rather than somewhere you had to drive to. All we had was a carport so we decided to fill that in and turn it into a garage/workshop. My dad flew out from Arizona to head up the construction and with his help and the help from my cousin Evan and my sister Hannah we knocked it all out in about 3 weeks. Thanks everyone who helped!

Its a tight fit at times so far but its getting the job done at ~19' x 19'. I had a really hard time finding out what is the minimum size work space someone could build an RV-10 in so hopefully this will help someone out there. So far in the build, I think it could be done in about this size but no less. This is because once we get to the part where we have to mount the tailcone to the fuse we will have to cattycorner it and any smaller and it wouldn't quite fit.