Preparation


Van’s Practice Project

Well here goes … The practice kit is really good, getting to play with the tools and generally getting a feel for how all this might work. First dimples and rivet!! First attempt at using the…


Spray Booth Table

Made a simple frame and covered the top in a wire mesh so I’ve got somewhere to lay out pieces for spraying. Some people use the packing case that the kit arrives in for this,…


Mounting DRDT-2

After playing around with arranging the workbenches, I’ve decided to mount them end to end. This will enable the long components to fit. Also rather than make a little table to support skins on the…


Spray Booth

Built a 3m x 3m spray booth out of 44mm x 44mm PSE Pine, and covered it with heavy duty plastic sheet. The aim is to prevent overspray covering the workshop!


Power Tools

Decided on these power tools based on advice from various RV builder’s web sites. Bandsaws tend to sport blades suitable only for wood, but a higher Teeth Per Inch (Tpi) is best for aluminium. I…


Small Workstation Bench

A very informative blog about building an RV8 had a top idea … a small workstation on castors so you can mount power tools such as a bandsaw, grinder etc and be able to position…


Pneumatic Air Lines

Most Air Tools are designed to run at about 90 PSI. However it’s likely that the Rivet Gun will need to be backed off to about 40-50 PSI so as not to be too fierce….


Compressor

The choice of compressor took a lot of research. Basically you need to decide the maximum flow rate you might need, and then the size of tank. But to do this you also have to…


Tools

Collected a DRDT 2 Dimpler from Aircraft Spruce whilst I was in Los Angeles on a work trip. Just fitted in a large suitcase, but is a monster and weighed a lot! Good job I…