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    Can You Help Me Build a Space Shuttle?

    Can You Help Me Build a Space Shuttle?

    Reprinted from the Usenet Newsgroup rec.woodworking

    I need advice on making a Space Shuttle for Christmas. My brother and
    I want to build it. Does anyone have a source for plans? I also need
    a plan for a plywood Santa cutout for the side, just to be a bit
    whimsical.

    I ordered the rocket motors already, but its taking forever for them
    to come at 3mph all the way from Cape Canaveral, and now I'm afraid
    the lousy truck driver won't help me unload them. With what I had to
    pay for shipping, I'll be darned if I'll give him an extra $25!

    Anyway, I figured I'd use MDF for the tiles to protect from re-entry.
    I thought it would work based on my testing: I threw them as high as
    I could in the back yard, and I didn't see any signs of burning when
    they came back down (although, I do have a headache.) But, after
    cutting them to size on my new Craftsman saw (I think its made by
    Delta now,) there are black marks along the cut edges. I tried to
    return the pieces to the lumber yard, but the jerk there would only
    take back full sheets. Had to buy a bunch of bar clamps and the Norm
    Abrams Glue Applicator, and as soon as the glue dries, he's getting
    his full sheets back. Cost me a fortune in glue, but I have to
    control costs on this thing.

    My new plan is to use sheetrock. Has anyone used sheetrock for a
    re-entry vehicle? 1/2" or 5/8"? I'd hate to have to double it up,
    because the stuff gets heavy and I bought the economy rocket motors,
    so if I need to use 5/8", just let me know. I have a call in to Bob
    Vila, because I think I saw him use a knife to cut sheetrock once. Or
    he watched someone do it. Whatever. Anyway, I figured if anyone knew
    about re-entry, he was the guy (the local Sears guy didn't know squat,
    but I did get a nice RoboGrip pliers that auto-sizes and works on
    pipe, nuts, and re-entry vehicles.)

    For the rocket motor housing, instead of using metal cylinders, I was
    thinking of PVC. Heck, PVC is rated at 480 or 48 million PSI or
    something, so that should be OK. I think that stuff about it
    shattering is bunk anyway, because my neighbor knows a guy who used to
    be in the Navy, and he said someone said they could use PVC for
    submarine missle tubes, and I figure that's the same thing. Anyone
    make missle tubes out of this before?

    I'm also looking for a router jig to cut the payload doors, but the
    guys at the Router Magic show could only sell me a 23" long sliding
    table. Idiots! Who ever heard of routing the edges of payload doors
    that were only 23" long? Like that's ever going to work.

    And that Roy Underhill guy is a joke too. There's no way I'm wrapping
    23,000 miles of leather strapping to an adze handle, tying the other
    end to a flexible hickory branch and spinning the shuttle into orbit.
    We made rocket motors for a reason.

    Also, I know one of you has plans for Robin's Butt. Or something. If
    you do, email them to me, as I need to make comfortable seats for the
    shuttle, and I figure I'll just triple the dimensions to make it fit
    my butt.
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    And I was almost sure you were serious.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    And I was almost sure you were serious.
    C'mon Steve, you know I wouldn't use MDF for the tiles for re-entry!
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    Maybe you could use your blue ones from your house
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    good come back Steve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Maybe you could use your blue ones from your house

    Santa Claus Face, Is Larry there telling you what to say?
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    Nope, Larry was well south when I wrote that. Did that all on my own
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    After building mine, I've got some spares, a dual fuel gauge with in-built red leds, some safety belts and a couple of braking parachutes made out of discarded grandma's bra.

    Should you find a use for them them drop me a PM
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    IMHO the re-entry tiles should be pressure treated plywood wrapped in teflon tape........but then, I'm no rocket scientist. We had a fella here once tried to build an airplane out of corn stalks. Didn't fly too well.......but sure did burn purty.
    Last edited by Roger Newby; 03-19-2011 at 01:13 PM.

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    After all that I really need a tall ladder. Be careful its gettin deep never know what you might step in.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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