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Old 05-05-2004, 02:21 PM
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Default Basic Tools

I helped a new builder last night wrap up his bookend. While in his shop I offered him some additional tool suggestions. The following is a basic hand tool list I'd recommend for setting up a new shop. Some won't be used until later but most are cheap and small.

Set of 4 chisels
Set of metal files
Hacksaw with lots of extra blades
Plastic handle that holds one end of a hacksaw blade (very useful)
45° triangle
30-60-90 triangle
Angle finder/measurer
4' level with SmartTool
4' metal ruler/straight edge
3' metal ruler/straight edge
2' ruler
12" ruler
X-acto knife with a box of extra blades
Tupperware containers for flox and micro
4mil plastic to protect table
Permagrit sanding tools (invaluable)
Hair drier
1" brushes
2" brushes
6" squeegees
Stir sticks
mixing cups
Butyl gloves (latex doesn't protect you from epoxy hardener)
Respirator mask (I can't do a long layup without one anymore)
Scissors
Pencils
Sharpie pens
Utility knife
Lots of clamps
Squares
Various weights
Full set of drill bits (fractional and numbered)

Of course there are more, plus all the fun power tools. But this list contains the basics I use nearly everyday.
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Old 05-05-2004, 02:36 PM
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6' (2 meter) aluminum ruler is great for diagonal cutting of bid
These rulers are 2"(50mm)and work great for laying out 2"wide tapes on bench
rotary cutter is GREAT for cutting glass, ufo builder also uses this for cutting wet layups on the bench
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Old 05-10-2004, 10:09 PM
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Now for power tools

In my book, required

Drill motor
jig saw
1/4 sheet sander - porter cable
dremels
rotory cutter, higher power, like rotozip, laminate trimmer
Fein, not required, but from what i hear, really is
Electric scissors(thank you girls) Dritz electric scissors

Handy
bench grinder
cheep import 14" bandsaw
cheep import 14 or 16" drill press
chop/mitre saw
skill saw
1"x6" belt/disk sander or better yet 6"x12 belt/disk sander
Router (required for my method of templet use)

Delux
My shop
Thanes shop
Dave's shop
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:17 AM
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I'd like to add my favorite basic tool to this list.

Buy extra belt sander belts of various grits.
Cut a piece of 1/2 or 3/4 plywood to the exact length needed, round one end and slide the belt over the plywood. The plywood length needs to be just right to hold the belt tight. Now you have a very handy "grab and use" tool for sanding just about anything. Use the curved end for awkard areas. They're cheap. Make 3 or 4 or different grits and lengths.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:33 AM
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Default Basic Metal Working Tools

OK. Here's what I used to make all the metal parts for our two Cozy's, except for the canard elevator offsets which were WELL worth the money we paid for them due to their complexity and precision.

A complete drill set
Reamer set
An assortment of taps
A couple of small end mills
Bandsaw with a dual pitch bimetal blade
A good small pipe cutter (not a tubing cutter)
1" micrometer
6" vernier calipers
6" machinist ruler
12" machinist ruler
Files
Countersink/chamfer set
Bench grinder
Benchtop disc/belt sander
Drill press
Cross slide table with small drill press or milling vice
An old Atlas/Craftsman metal lathe with tooling and accessories
TIG welder with an assortment of cups, collets, and tungstens

Most of this stuff you will allready have in your shop. The higher end items like the lathe and welder, if you are a carefull shopper, you can resell them when you are done building your parts for darn near what you paid for them. Me, I intend to keep mine! I have NEVER regretted a tool purchase. I HAVE regretted selling them though. Infact, I will probably upgrade the lathe, buy a mill, then buy a combo metal-brake/shear/roller. I got to fill that new shop I'm building with something when the planes are done and out of there! Even though I retired on the books last December, I can still work at my real job until 12/06/08 before they shove a boot up my --- and force me out!!. Then I'll have a nice little metal shop out back to fab Cozy and custom metal parts for fellow builders at a REASONABLE cost. That will keep me busy in between flying my Cozy!!
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