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Nice shop.  My bench is 36x74 because of what I build most times. A base with draws and open storage would work for me. Like the idea of a small air compressor under the bench. Im kind of wondering why your router table top has holes drilled in it.

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19 minutes ago, mat60 said:

Nice shop.  My bench is 36x74 because of what I build most times. A base with draws and open storage would work for me. Like the idea of a small air compressor under the bench. Im kind of wondering why your router table top has holes drilled in it.

Mat the router table is built into my 4x8 Paulk assembly table. It has dog holes in it to clamp stuff like face frames for cabinets etc. It's a torsion box design and he did a nice job of designing it for what it is used for. There is way to much resonant bounce though for chisel work though. I do the hand tool work on my main bench which has nearly zero bounce. My main bench top is two layers of 3/4 MDF laminated together and then another piece of 1/2" birch ply is used for the top surface for a total thickness of 2". I have oak trim strips  around the edges of the plywood for edge protection. The plywood is screwed down with #10 x 1 1/4" silicon bronze flathead screws around the perimeter so that it can be easily replaced. I use my benches hard so when it gets ratty over time I can just pop in a new sheet when needed. It has a workman type of finish using BLO and beeswax for stain protection. (mostly anyway :) )

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Nice digs B.  I long for the next phase of my career (getting out of it :)).  Your work area has that comfortable inviting atmosphere I enjoy so much.

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15 hours ago, B. Brinkley said:

I have built boats and airplanes in here

Very nice shop, but the important question is which airplanes?!  Got a photo?

Former EAA member here.  

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14 hours ago, mat60 said:

Im kind of wondering why your router table top has holes drilled in it.

I thought that might be a downdraft table.  

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30 minutes ago, Mark J said:

I thought that might be a downdraft table.  

Looks Ron Paulk. (I think that’s the name, I just recognize the oval cutouts from somewhere.)

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3 hours ago, Mark J said:

 

Very nice shop, but the important question is which airplanes?!  Got a photo?

Former EAA member here.  

Mark I built a Bowers Flybaby many years ago. I have very few photos and none digitized. I loved that plane and wished I still had it. I doubt if I would fit in it nowadays as my girth and weight has increased somewhat!

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8 hours ago, B. Brinkley said:

Houston is swallowing us up unfortunately.

Coop you know anything about this.

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1 hour ago, Chet said:

Coop you know anything about this.

He was the man in charge!

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Nice space for retirement.  I like it.  I use to have a small plane as well - I miss it.

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4 hours ago, Ronn W said:

I use to have a small plane as well

a friend of mine builds his own from a kit from Vans Aircraft, i think he's building the RV series, up to an RV-4 i think, he has built several, including one that won the Lindberg Trophy at the EAA in Oshkosh Wisconsin a few years ago.

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On 1/23/2019 at 2:31 PM, Chet said:

Coop you know anything about this.

Yeah, unfortunately B. Is correct. They are currently building the third loop around Houston and when complete, it will be 170 miles long. I can drive to the casinos in Lake Charles LA in less miles for free as this will be a tollway. Mr. Brinkley, from where do you source your hardwoods? I’m been getting mine recently from a good ole’ mountain boy in Tennessee. 

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7 hours ago, Mark J said:

Ronn W what plane was it? 

We had a Piper Arrow180.

4 hours ago, treeslayer said:

a friend of mine builds his own from a kit from Vans Aircraft, i think he's building the RV series, up to an RV-4 i think, he has built several, including one that won the Lindberg Trophy at the EAA in Oshkosh Wisconsin a few years ago.

I have had friends that had built various RV version but to win at Oshkosh - big deal.

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22 hours ago, K Cooper said:

Yeah, unfortunately B. Is correct. They are currently building the third loop around Houston and when complete, it will be 170 miles long. I can drive to the casinos in Lake Charles LA in less miles for free as this will be a tollway. Mr. Brinkley, from where do you source your hardwoods? I’m been getting mine recently from a good ole’ mountain boy in Tennessee. 

Coop I have not really used much in the way of hardwoods lately. I have a big pile of 200 year old heart pine that I am working off of at the moment. It's hard as nails and very tight grained. Came from a very old dairy barn locally. I am blessed to have acreage so I can cut my own oak etc. I plan on making some furniture for our home from the pine as it matches our old German style of house here on our ranch.

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