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Old 02-02-2013, 05:19 PM
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Default Construction Site Preparation

I am planning on ordering my 14 wings soon. Am preparing my shop and understand an easel of sorts is helpful when reviewing plans. Does anyone have a plan I could use to build one? Also I understand a wings dolly or support with wheels is useful when working on the wings and moving them about.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:16 AM
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Default easel

I buit on that holds my plans and the build binder. I am headed to the shop and will post some pictures during the game.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:29 PM
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Well, if I can figure out the posting of images,

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9ec155ae.jpg

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:25 PM
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Default Size of the easel is

The base is 36""x39" with a 2"x6" frame underneath to support the structure and the casters. The uprights are 1"x4"s with an overall height of 63". The top pieces are 24x48 and the shelf for the build binder is 12x36 I think.

I do not have any plans, I threw it together hoping it came out alright. The plans are clipped to the top so I can flip from one sheet to another. That has been very beneficial on many occasions. The drawers in the back contain rivets and common hardware. I put a power strip on one upright with an extension cord, so power could move with it.

The idea was to have a moveable plans / hardware storage / power storage location that moves around with me. In reality it sits in one location and I go back to it to reference the plans. I may have moved it around once or twice.

I hope this helps.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:10 PM
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Very nice of you Scott. Thanks for your time.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:26 AM
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The RV-14 plans are in a binder 11" X 17". When the binder is open, you'll need about 34/35" . I'm dragging mine from place to place as I work, but you could put them on an easel if you have roam for it. My hangar is only 60' X 60' and I'm too jambed up for a castoring easel. There is enough in the way with work tables, benches, tool boxes, etc.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:41 AM
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Thank you. I believe I may add a shelf for the build binder. Would you find that helpful?
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:30 PM
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Default Binder shelf

I find mine to be a great addition. When I first built my easel I did not have the binder shelf. Adding it meant I could stand in one spot, read the build instructions and view the plans. Maybe I am a little slower than some but I find myself reading, and re-reading, the build instructions before committing to some action. Having the plans right there has made it much easier.

I can't see a negative side to adding it. The time spent adding it is somewhat meaningless compared to the time spent finishing the plane.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:20 AM
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Default A Harbor Freight solution

I have found a roll-around parts caddy to be a great time saver. Mine started with Harbor Freight parts rack (Item #95551) already on wheels. I just added a white board to the top and clamps on top of that to hold the plans. I didn't think to add a shelf for the binder but , perhaps that could be added.

The red bins I labeled for each rivet type and the blue bins hold bagged parts. Yellow? Those are for clecos, of course

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...please don't tell me you bought that television at Harbor Freight! And I thought my little 13-inch TV on "rabbit ears" was luxury. Very nice shop environment, by the way!
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