Home > VansAirForceForums

-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

Go Back   VAF Forums > Model Specific > RV-10
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-07-2009, 12:48 PM
Vlad's Avatar
Vlad Vlad is offline
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 8,311
Default Best Workbenches for RV-10

No I am not building The Ten A friend of mine is about to plunge into an adventure, fitting his shop and is asking my advice what size suits the best to build RV-10. The control surfaces are bigger, longer and corresponding tables should be larger than standard EAA benches? Anyway, would appreciate advice and/or pictures of your workbenches guys, his web-searching skills and command of foreign language is getting better and better... Please post your experience and references.
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 02:14 PM
dmaib's Avatar
dmaib dmaib is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Posts: 1,339

I built two EAA benches and had a large rolling table (approx. 4X6 surface) that had electrical outlets on each side and a cable to plug it into a wall outlet. My vise was on the rolling table. I built my RV-10 with this setup and it worked well. I was able to lay a wing across the two EAA tables when I wanted to work on them laying flat, but did quite a bit of the wing work in the cradles. I built a couple of short saw horses to support the fuselage in the early part of the construction. Used regular height saw horses while assembling the tailcone. I had an air manifold from from Cleavland mounted on one of the EAA benches. Very nice to be able to plug my compressor into the manifold and use the light weight quick disconnect hoses to have multiple air tools hooked up and ready to go.
David Maib
RV-10 N380DM
New Smyrna Beach, FL
VAF Paid 1/21/2021

"In '69 I was 21, and I called the road my own"
Jackson Browne

Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 02:31 PM
7DeltaLima 7DeltaLima is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Senoia, GA
Posts: 160

I've found having a "hollow core" interior door around to use as an extra work bench very handy. They are straight and light and can be thrown across a couple saw horses when you need an extra straight, flat work area.
RV-7A N277DL flying 4-15-2004
RV10 N277CK flying 5-28-2010
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 03:17 PM
rleffler's Avatar
rleffler rleffler is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Delaware, OH (KDLZ)
Posts: 4,225

Like David, I used two of the standard EAA benches.
Bob Leffler
N410BL - RV10 Flying
Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2009, 04:11 PM
flion's Avatar
flion flion is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Posts: 2,686

I went to local university surplus and found a 10' table to work with. It's one of the steel folding leg types, not the cheap ones you get from office supply but heavy duty. The top is a bit marred but not warped; I can always top it with some particle board if I need to. Cost? $25, plus having to pick through the other tables they had to find one not badly damaged. I'm going back Monday for an 8'X3' desk and a good file cabinet; this is perfect hangar furniture and the price is right.
Patrick Kelley - Flagstaff, AZ
RV-6A N156PK - Flying too much to paint
RV-10 14MX(reserved) - Fuselage on gear
EAA Technical Counselor #5357
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 04:05 AM
paul330 paul330 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
Posts: 1,065

I built a 12'x4' table. Frame was 2x4, braced and the top clad with flooring board. Also a lower shelf for storage. Its big but no problems with the wings or flaps. Now they are nearly finished, I amy well cut it in half to make room to work on the fuselage!
Mercy Air, White River FAWV
RV-10 ZU-IIZ - "Zeus"
Building Bearhawk Bravo - RV-18 not available
2019 Donation Made
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 12:18 PM
drfred drfred is offline
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Paris, TX
Posts: 41

What ever table you do end up using, put a MDF (medium density fiberboard) top on it. Make it removable. There are a lot of holes to drill/ream and you can just drill right into the table top, when one side has too many holes, you can just flip it over or throw it away. Worth the 25 bucks.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 01:39 PM
jc11378 jc11378 is offline
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Dixon Ca
Posts: 91
Default Build tables

Well I am in the middle of building the tail of a rv-10, and I did build 2 ea of the EAA tables. Tey work out just fine and even with the larger control surfaces. I just place them end to end and made braces to bile them together if needed to keep them alligned.

Nice size especailly when building bigger parts that are not on the tables like the tail cone they dont take up to much of the very valuable garage space.

If you have any questions shoot me a e-mail and will be glad to send pics.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2009, 12:02 AM
RudiGreyling's Avatar
RudiGreyling RudiGreyling is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: South Africa, Johannesburg
Posts: 1,314

EAA tables are fine but you can do better...If you are going to build tables make sure you make provision for a couple of very nice addons

Go here

Rudi Greyling, South Africa, RV 'ZULU 7' Flying & RV 'ZULU 10' Flying
"Science, freedom, beauty, adventure...what more could you ask of life? Aviation offers it all" - Charles A. Lindbergh

Last edited by Mike S : 11-10-2009 at 09:19 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2009, 09:26 PM
Wayne Gillispie Wayne Gillispie is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,499
Default Just built mine today.

Two 30"W X 84"L X 36"H, 4" Fixed casters on one end and swivel on other, 2" lip all the way around. Also building 36" square work station for 6" bench grinder, small drill press, small combination sander, small Delta bandsaw with no wheels.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:40 PM.

The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.