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CAN "I" BUILD A RV IN MY TWO CAR GARAGE (and still get my wife's car in at night)? by Doug Reeves
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One of the reasons I got my wife's blessing to build a plane was that I assured her that for almost the entire time during construction her car would still fit in the garage each night. For those of you considering building a RV I thought I would include a few photos of my garage setup so you could maybe get some ideas.
The Initial Workbench: It's a $10 door from Home Depot mounted on the wall at a height that allows the car to drive up under it. Here you can see the rudder stiffeners being drilled in place. There is a piece of particle board clamped in place so I'll have something to drill into. Although it's not very obvious, the maroon color at the right of the image is my wife's car hood. It's pulled all the way up to the wall.
The Tail Kit: As you can see in this photograph the jig that you build the horizontal and vertical stabilizers on fits with no trouble. I ran it at a diagonal in the garage with one side running up through the shelves on the left. I had to cut a small 'U' shaped area out of two shelves so that I could run the vertical part of the jig up to the ceiling. If you look closely you can see the garage door track. The door runs about three feet into the jig when it's up, stopping just short of the vertical brace in the middle. I remember neighbors walking by at the time thought I was building a metal headboard.
I clamped a small piece of particle board to the cross piece of this jig to make a little table to jig up the rudder and elevators. The 'V' jigs are just screwed into the base board.
Storage: HS and VS are on the ceiling. Two dollars worth of strapping material and a few of those hooks you hang bicycles from. The elevators and rudder are in an upstairs closet.
The Wing Kit (and an additional workbench):
I took another $10 door and made a table out of my tail jig. I used this table to assemble the spars and drill the ribs (you QuickBuild guys don't know what you're missing). I ran a string across the jig and clipped the relevant plans on it. Once you're ready to jig the wing, you take this apart, lean the door up against the wall, and turn the remaining wood...
into the wing jig! See the piece running diagonally up to the right? That braces the assembly up against the wall. The blue towel rubber-banded around the end of the spar is to protect my head (also it's a nice place to put tools).
The yellow towel seen between the wings here also protects my head. You can just see the 'door workbench' on the right side of the picture.
When the wings are done you put them in some sort of cradle and roll them up against the wall. Now you start the fuse jig.
The Fuselage Kit:
Notice how the lawnmower and engine fit under it. I know it doesn't look like it, but there IS enough room to walk around on both sides. When my wife's car is in the garage there is about three feet between the car and the jig.
Now that the fuse is out of the jig, you can see that the wings have been rolled over to the other side of the garage, the fuse is now on a 'sawhorse-type' stand, and it's on castor wheels. You can also clearly see the canopy hanging from the ceiling in the upper left corner. I used part of the box it came in, some straps, and my trusty bicycle hanging hooks to suspend that bad boy from the rafters. The motor mount, landing gear, and other assorted stuff fit easily under the plexi. It's time to work.
Done for the evening. I've rolled the fuse over to the right, making room for the car. You can see the system of shelves on the right side that easily holds all (most) of the pieces that come in the various kits. Some of the bigger pieces of metal (like skins) were propped up against the wall.
About to call it a night. The car has been pulled back in.
Well, that's about where we stand now.
Hope you enjoyed it.