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I am trying to figure out the rivet hole placement for the diagonal L-angles on the side skins.The diagonal that is between the horizontal tail frames is well specified. However the placement of the…Continue
I am trying to form my firewall. I have made the form according to the plans. However it looks like the forming process is going to be a little different than that of forming the ribs.From what I…Continue
I had to remake a few nose ribs and decided to use the opportunity to make a video demonstrating some of the techniques and tools I use for making ribs.
The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOOy9W8IR_Y
A few items demonstrated include
1. Use of a beverly shear for cutting sheet metal
2. Center punch use
3. Use of dowel pins for aligning…Continue
I finished doing a loose fitup check of the main spar, ribs and rear spar. I wanted to convince myself that
everything was going to fit together nicely before I started drilling holes and doing other things that could not be
undone. The ribs were drilled and clecoed to the main spar, but the rear spar was held on with cleco clamps and supported with 80/20 framing. The first pic is a shot of the right wing. The left wing was similarly setup.
To make sure that the…Continue
I am currently working my way through adding stiffeners to rear ribs 1-4. Below are a few pics of how I am doing this.
I made a gage strip for laying out the end locations of the stiffeners. That is seen clamped to the edge in the first pic. Small 90 degree vee blocks are handy for transferring lines around edges. Another handy item I recently purchased(and should have done sooner) are the orange soft jaws for the vise. For what needs to be done here, having the ribs held up…Continue
As I have continued on with building my plane and having the space, I wanted to make some more benches. These pictures were made last year. What makes these a little different than other benches is that I decided to make the benches modular. The tables are 4x4 in size instead of the usual 4x12 that is often made. I made a 4x12 when I first started building, but that one has been retired in favor of the 4x4 benches. Even if someone had more limited space, using 4x4 tables could make easier to…Continue