Damon Brantley
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Damon Brantley's Discussions

650 Side Skin Diagonal Stiffener Placement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Apr 4, 2016. 2 Replies

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

Scratchbuilding firewall tips?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Nov 18, 2015. 4 Replies

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

 

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Building Benches

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…See More
10 hours ago
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A few simple tools

Below are a few simple tools I have made that others may find useful.1. Wooden "gage" blocks- I have all sorts of bits of left over 2x4's. It has been useful to cut those into lengths such as 1",3/4", etc. If I need to elevate part above the table a little bit, I have a good selection of "calibrated" heights to work from. And as can be seen from the holes, they make good backer blocks for drilling. And for those last little bits of tweaking, door shims work quite nicely.…See More
Monday
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Universal Bevel Protractor

This is a tool that is often seen in a machine shop to measure angles. I have known about them for a while, but only recently acquired one.Things I found useful about the protractor that will make it a regularly used tool for me.1. The protractor can be locked down to a give angle.2. There is a broad face on the arms to make it easier place against surfaces I am measuring..3. It was very easy to see any gaps between the surfaces and the protractor blades.4. The protractor is rigid enough that…See More
Jan 21
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Video of Rib Flange Pressing

A demonstration of cutting and pressing a flange into a wing rib.See More
Dec 27, 2016
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Video of fabricating a simple angle bracket

While working on my wing spars I realized I had put a nose rib angle in backwards and needed to make another one. I decided to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate the method I use for for laying out, bending and checking parts that I fabricate.See More
Dec 10, 2016
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Starting to rivet spars

After what seems like too way long a time I am finally starting to rivet the spars.See More
Nov 24, 2016
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Using magnetic drill for drilling holes in spar

My focus for the last few months has been to complete spar construction.Most of the holes were drilled and match drilled into the doublers using my mill to insure that the holes were perpendicular. However some holes near the root were left  deliberately left undone because of uncertainty in the plans. .Once the spar was clecoed together I had a better understanding of the hole locations and needed to drill those out.Despite my best efforts it was not going to be practical to setup a fully…See More
Nov 6, 2016
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Nose Gear Bottom Bearing Fabrication

I completed most of the fabrication of the nose gear bottom bearing. This was a fun little machining project.It gave me a chance to make use of the boring head for machining the hole for the nose gear leg and the sine vise for accurately cutting the angles.Almost finished result. I still need to split the bearing and drill…See More
Jul 16, 2016
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Starting to cleco firewall

After making lots of parts and remaking a few, I finally get to start drilling and clecoing the firewall together.I mounted the firewall onto 80/20 stock with extra steel angle and magnets so I can work on it standing up.The 80/20 is connected with hinges, so I can tilt the firewall back  to allow continued loose fit upto the rest of the fuselage.The fuselage can be seen behind and is similarly supported with 80/20,steel angle and magnets. .…See More
Jun 12, 2016
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Nosebar for brake

After a couple of weekends of work I have finished making a 1/4" radius nosebar for my brake. Since there are very few pieces that need a 1/4" radius bend I originally tried to make a nose bar out of plywood to use on my 4 foot brake. However it was just not up to the task of bending the .063 pieces of aluminum needed for the firewall.I fabricated a similar 1/8" radius nosebar four or five years ago. This is not the first time I have made a nosebar. The stands I made, mentioned in another post,…See More
May 15, 2016
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Acme thread material stand

While ordering 4130 tubing for making various steel parts of my project I noticed that the 1-1/8" with .058 inch wall tubing has an inner diameter of just over an inch. I happen to have some 1" acme rod and nuts that would fit quite nicely  inside that tube. After scavenging pieces from a few other stands I was able to put together the following…See More
May 6, 2016
Damon Brantley posted a discussion

650 Side Skin Diagonal Stiffener Placement

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 rivet lines of the diagonals forward of that is not well specified. The drawing on 6-B-3 just indicates a rough placement, but no real dimension or reference points.Can anyone offer any suggestions on how the rivet line should be aligned?See More
Apr 3, 2016
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Corvair Core

Picked up my Corvair Core today. Probably be a good yearbefore I really start tearing into it, but the seller was relatively close by and the price reasonable.…See More
Feb 27, 2016
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Panel Hack Saw

A panel hack saw is a special kind of hacksaw that uses a spring steel sheet as a back to support a standard hacksaw blade. This allows the saw to make long cuts in metal where a normal hack saw would be stopped by the bar.When I first found out about them I wanted to buy one, but no one seems to make them anymore. So I had to make one of my own.The spring steel is .032 sheet and the hacksaw blade is a standard blade.The saw can be a little tricky to use.  The sheet must be well supported along…See More
Feb 20, 2016
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Homemade Tucking Forks

A homemade set of tucking forks for fluting parts. While I have used this on only two parts, I like the control these give me over creating flutes compared to the fluting pliers I have used for just about everything else.…See More
Feb 13, 2016
Damon Brantley posted a discussion

Scratchbuilding firewall tips?

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 have been able to tell from looking on mykitlog.com, for example, it looks like forming the flanges on the firewall is going to be a bit more of a free hand process. The basic shape is started using the form, but after that it seems like it is a combination of hammer, fluting pliers and hand seamer.Can…See More
Nov 15, 2015

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Zenith CH 650
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Less than half
Building From
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Engine installed (or plan to install)
Corvair
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Private Pilot

Damon Brantley's Blog

Building Benches

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

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…

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A few simple tools

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 11:00am 7 Comments

Below are a few simple tools I have made that others may find useful.

1. Wooden "gage" blocks- I have all sorts of bits of left over 2x4's. It has been useful to cut those into lengths such as 1",3/4", etc. If I need to elevate part above the table a little bit, I have a good selection of "calibrated" heights to work from. And as can be seen from the holes, they make good backer blocks for drilling. And for those last little bits of tweaking, door shims work quite…

Continue

Universal Bevel Protractor

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 6:56pm 2 Comments

This is a tool that is often seen in a machine shop to measure angles. I have known about them for a while, but only recently acquired one.

Things I found useful about the protractor that will make it a regularly used tool for me.

1. The protractor can be locked down to a give angle.

2. There is a broad face on the arms to make it easier place against surfaces I am measuring..

3. It was very easy to see any gaps between the surfaces and the protractor…

Continue

Video of Rib Flange Pressing

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

A demonstration of cutting and pressing a flange into a wing rib.

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At 3:15pm on July 31, 2016, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Damon,

I just bought a used 8 feet Sheet metal brake - condition like NEW ! Used to borrow someone else. I got mine and it works great. When I saw the plans for the trim tab I was not sure I could bend it in one shot. But I did a trail run with scrap aluminum and then did it for real.

One shot did the trick.

Regards,

Norm

 
 
 

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