Tools that I've found to be useful
when building my Skybolt.
When I started out to build the Skybolt I had no idea of what
tools would be needed. Having an interest in working with wood I had amassed a nice collection of tools that would be useful in building a house
or a deck but not the kind of tools needed for the delicated craft of building a biplane.
I have compiled this list of tools from my readings and from my conversations with other builders. It's not all inclusive by any means but is meant
to give you an idea of what you are up against as far as a stable of tools for the work ahead of you.
As with the rest of this site... the list is a work in progress. If you see something missing, let me know what it is and what it would be useful in
doing on the project. Email me at usav8or.
Compressor great for running tools.
Compound miter useful for constructing jigs and tables.
Useful in trimming ribs.
Useful in finishing the edges of fittings.
When working on ANY airplane NEVER use a power screwdriver on the
screws that hold finished metal in place. Don't ask me how I know.
These three styles of snips will cut through any
thickness tubing that you may need on your biplane. But... it's a lot faster with the Joint Jigger.
Buying the Joint Jigger is money well spent. Before I thought you could just cut all your tubing with a pair of tin snips. You can... but it'll take a lot longer.
My faithful F-150. Great for hauling
all that 4130 tubing, plywood and other airplane parts that
need to be taken to my workshop. Can't wait to use it to trailer
the biplane to the airport for the test flight.
Many uses... and it doesn't need to be a floor model
like the one I have. Several of the guys in the biplane forum have 10" table top drill presses and have built Skybolts using them.
I have a Sioux, but anyone will do.
AGAIN.. too many uses to put here... so get one. You'll need it. Tease throttle is very important. Also one with high speed.