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Feb 04, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Homemade Stand / workbench


I get so much help here, I thought I would throw this out there.
I found this video when looking for a stand.
DIY: Make Your own RC Airplane work stand from PVC pipe, cheap! (3 min 22 sec)


after three crashes already, I got sick of working on this thing on my computer desk so I actually went out and bought a cheap work bench.

Workbench
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.URBlNx3Ae8A

So I followed the guy in the video and built something almost identical, except I made it taller so that when I am out at my flying spot I dont have to constantly bend over and such. Same for when I am working on it at home.
I also painted it. I usually like color schemes with red/black/white or something like that, but for some reason I went with yellow and black. I did not realize it was the same as my plane until I sat the plane on it.
I also did not want to spend 30 bucks on a short box with the stand on it, needed it to be taller.

As you can see it is still to long, so I will just cut the pipe on the bottom a bit.
The form is in the plumbing section at home depot/lowes as well.

The guy in the video uses 1.5 inch. I used 1.5 inch on the bottom for a stronger base, then the rest 1 inch. Main reason i went with 1 inch on top is the end pieces I did not have to cut like he did, they are actually some sort of 90 degree angle slash Y fit adapter thingy. So no cutting involved.

So for all you new guys like me, figured I would throw this out there. Makes working on these easier.
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Feb 04, 2013, 09:18 PM
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Great idea!
I've got most of the materials in my shed - will start on it tomorrow.

thanks!
Murray
Feb 04, 2013, 09:29 PM
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Thank you for sharing. I think this may be this weekends project.
Feb 04, 2013, 09:38 PM
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The work bench was super cheap, and is actually very good quality for 70 bucks.

Also, if you have a turnigy charger, like the one i bought, I found this video on youtube for a cheap power supply.
I am around computer parts all day, so I snagged one and did not have to spend another 20 bucks just for a power supply.
Ghetto, but it works

Use a Computer Power Supply For Your Turnigy Battery Charger (9 min 55 sec)
Feb 06, 2013, 08:30 AM
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As an addendum...Drill a few holes thru the base leg ends and carry some 10 in. spikes. The wind will affect the stand when a plane is in the cradle. Just an extra safety measure.
I made a stand for a sat dish from PVC piping and ended up using some wine bags filled with water for weight. We've all seen planes blown off the work table onto the ground.
Looks good.
Feb 08, 2013, 10:56 PM
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Stabilizing a stand is just "plane safe" The heavy flight box does an excellent job though.
Feb 10, 2013, 09:05 AM
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Combo Stand


I saw designs for PVC stands and PVC balance testers so I thought why not combine them into one. The joint at the 45 is not glued so it articulates a little bit and I have a couple of elbow assemblies that I can put on it to move the balance points around for different planes.
Feb 10, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Cool stand! Thanks for sharing.
Recycled walkers work well also
This looks very interesting to me. Got any more photos, close ups?
Feb 10, 2013, 07:35 PM
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This looks very interesting to me. Got any more photos, close ups?
I could but it's not a very complicated assembly. All 1/2" PVC with split foam pipe insulation. PVC Caps hold the insulation in place. The balance posts are 1/4-20 carriage bolts that are mounted in PVC caps drilled out with nuts on the top and bottom. The "X" pieces are standard fittings available in most hardware stores.
Feb 10, 2013, 09:57 PM
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I could but it's not a very complicated assembly. All 1/2" PVC with split foam pipe insulation. PVC Caps hold the insulation in place. The balance posts are 1/4-20 carriage bolts that are mounted in PVC caps drilled out with nuts on the top and bottom. The "X" pieces are standard fittings available in most hardware stores.
Sorry about the mix up, I was referring to the Recycled walker picture..
Aug 06, 2016, 09:38 PM
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Granny flight stand


WALKERS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. sch 40 1" pvc
Make a few different cradle AND do not GLUE THEM INTO THE tee THAT IS ON THE WALKER. Sorry I keep bumping the caps button.
make a U shape for fuselage planes and an L shape for flying wings.
Pipe insulation and BATTERY PACK SHRINK WRAP for covering the insulation
Aug 07, 2016, 07:42 AM
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WALKERS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. sch 40 1" pvc
Make a few different cradle AND do not GLUE THEM INTO THE tee THAT IS ON THE WALKER. Sorry I keep bumping the caps button.
make a U shape for fuselage planes and an L shape for flying wings.
Pipe insulation and BATTERY PACK SHRINK WRAP for covering the insulation
How did you attach you cradles to the walker? Could you post a picture of just that part?
Aug 07, 2016, 08:14 PM
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Just to add something, if you want a quick cheap work bench that's easy to store out of the way.

Pick up a pair of collapsible saw horses and a cheap interior door.
Fold out the horses and lay the door on top.

I've been using this in our house in Florida, easy to set up and put away if need be.


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