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SHOP TALK

Welcome to Papa's Playhouse
Hello everyone and welcome to my new column Shop Talk.
The idea for this column came from my colleagues here
at Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) after hearing
me always talk about the activities and projects taking
place in my garage.

My space, my personal
museum, workshop, mancave,
call it what you want, it's
also a much-welcomed
hideaway during the long
Minnesota winters.

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I've had the workshop in my garage for a long time; 20 years, I guess, since
I built the 28 by 45-foot detached garage. On the back end of the garage is a
heated and insulated area which serves as my workshop. Some of the first items
in the shop were a workbench of course, air compressor, bench grinder and a
small drill press.
Next to the outside entrance is a sign made by my granddaughter with help
from me which proudly displays the name, Papa's Playhouse. And, yes, there's
a story behind the name. One day while I was traveling overseas, I received a
phone call from an exited granddaughter who was just learning to speak saying,
"Papa, men are making you a new playhouse." I still say she had help coming
up with that one.
Over the years, some cool machines have graced the space, most notable, my
last airplane, a 1946 Luscombe 8A and a parts Luscombe or two, a 1949 Allis
Chalmers B tractor and a couple motorcycles and bicycles. The shop has also
provided space for maintenance on cars, a variety of yard and garden machines
and the occasional repair or restoration of a piece of furniture or whatever happens to end up there.
A few years ago, I began spending more time at home and less time
traveling. This meant more time in the Playhouse. I guess subconsciously, I was planning for the years ahead when I would work less
and enjoy more me time. I did a refresh of sorts in the shop which
began by cleaning and organizing my tools and toolboxes. One of
these boxes is a Bonney and was the very first toolbox I purchased
in 1974 when I was preparing to attend Aviation Maintenance (A&P)
School. More cleaning and organizing of cabinets and shelves, selling some old airplane parts, adding a new table saw to the shop, a
new surface on an old workbench.
Pictures, posters, model airplanes and aviation memorabilia,
much of which was packed away in the house, is now proudly on
display in the Playhouse. With a few propellers mounted on the wall, an
Aeronca and Baby Great Lakes wing hung from the ceiling, Papa's Playhouse
took on a new life, a personality - my space, my personal museum, workshop,
mancave, call it what you want, it's also a much-welcomed hideaway during the
long Minnesota winters.
I'm looking forward to writing future Shop Talk columns, which are intended
to highlight any number of topics like tools, equipment, airplane projects, flying adventures, maintenance topics and likely some reminiscing about my life
in aviation.
Keep 'em flying safely,
Ron

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Developing a Strong Bond
Tech Spotlight: Meeting Military Standards
Paints and Coatings: State of the Industry Report: Aircraft Paints & Coatings
Special Feature: Does Your Coating Thickness Meet Spec?
MRO Feature: The Journey of Elliott Aviation
Product Focus: Ladders, Stands & Platforms - Build, Tear Down, Reuse
ARSA Insight: What Relief Looks Like
GAMA Insight: Strengthening the General Aviation Workforce
Professionalism: Compassionate Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shop Talk: Welcome to Papa's Playhouse
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Editor's Takeoff: We Are Alone, Together
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Developing a Strong Bond
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Tech Spotlight: Meeting Military Standards
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Special Feature: Does Your Coating Thickness Meet Spec?
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - MRO Feature: The Journey of Elliott Aviation
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Product Focus: Ladders, Stands & Platforms - Build, Tear Down, Reuse
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - ARSA Insight: What Relief Looks Like
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - GAMA Insight: Strengthening the General Aviation Workforce
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Professionalism: Compassionate Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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