For those who’ve harbored a desire to build their own airplane, and fly it, there are some issues that need to be confronted before making that first cut with wood, steel, aluminum, foam or fiberglass. Items like cost, skills and comfort levels with aircraft materials need to be considered. It’s important to determine whether they want to start a scratchbuild design or a kit plane project , if they have construction space large enough to accommodate wings and a fuselage; how the builder plans to use the finished aircraft, store it and maintain it; and finally, there’s the personality of the builder: does he or she have the determination to finish all those little jobs and return to the workspace when they’ve reached the level where hours and hours of work produce little or nothing a builder can stand back and admire? Some people believe that 90 percent of the effort goes into the final 10 percent of the project. This much is certain: there are no mysteries or magic in aircraft construction. Virtually anyone of average intelligence can master the required skills and turn out airworthy parts. High school kids have built airplanes, prisoners have built airplanes while they were incarcerated (they didn’t get to fly them), people lacking limbs have built airplanes and very old people have done it. Most of the tools needed for an airplane project can be purchased at a local hardware store and there are several companies that specialize in selling every type of material, hardware and tool that might turn up on a “needed” list.