I spent a lot of time thinking about the power tools I would need to build the Pietenpol. Over a few months time I collected several. They all work well.
I spent 2-3 months thinking, looking, purchasing power tools that I would need for the Pietenpol. A list follows:
RIKON wood planer. My favorite tool really. When a board is too thick, just run it through the planer. With a little experience you can get the desired thickness down to within 0.03″, or 1/32″.
RIKON wood lathe. I have not used it much yet, but it will come in handy at some point. Think joystick.
RIKON wood band saw. I have used this a lot already. For the plywood gussets and trailing edge wedge. Works very well after you learn how to tune it up.
RYOBI drill press. I have owned this press for about 5 years. The original chuck tolerance was poor so I put in a new 1/2″ chuck. Works pretty well now.
Bench Grinder: I have had the grinder for years. Still spins up and does the job.
Klutch metal cutting band saw. I bought this at Northern Tool. It worked well for cutting the square aluminum tubing square into two pieces.
Klutch metal cutting chop saw. Amazing that a carbide tipped blade can cut through metal. Like it was butter. Definitely better than a hack saw.
RIDGID table saw. I have had the saw for 7 years. I tuned it up before I got busy on the Piet. Cutting straight with no binding or kick back now.
RIDGID shop vac with the “Dust Deputy”. Looks like a Rube Goldberg contraption, but it works well. It keeps the dust from collecting in the vac and clogging up the vac filter. The Dust Deputy creates a vortex or swirling action and the dust falls into the five gallon bucket. Empty the bucket, but not the vac. Keeps the vac filter clean. I like and use it all the time. Move it from one station to another.
RIKON oscillation sander. It worked great on smoothing out the wood forms I made for pressing the steamed cap strips.
RIKON Disk and Belt Sander. I have used this a lot already. Used for finishing up the trailing edge wedges and much more. I go to it a lot. Closest machine to my work table.
WOODPECKERS Router Table. Expensive, but worth it. You can rout a piece of wood down to the nearest 0.001″. Incredible. I will use it to trim rout the excess gusset material off the ribs.
WOODPECKERS Squares and Straight Edges: Sometimes it just takes a lesson learned to make you spend some money. I had a try square from Harbor Freight. I was using it to square up my table saw. To make sure the blade was perpendicular to the table. I would make a cut, but it would not be square on all 4 sides of a 4 x 4. It took a lot of time to figure out the problem. Used another square and got better results. Then I ordered the Woodpecker squares and straight edges. I re-checked the table saw with the Woodpecker square and got even better results. Harbor Freight went in the recycling bin.
Hours 40.0, lots of time going, looking, and purchasing.