Saturday, December 24, 2011
The idea was to notch the ends with the band saw to make assembly easier. What I hadn't thought enough about was that the three holes are not on a line. That's why I like making drawings before I start cutting metal. The solution was to cut to the end holes from 2 sides leaving a tab to keep the bar from turning. In the end it's how I would make another one. I'd just move the hole over a little so the tab is closer to the bolt.
installed. Some Locktite was use as well as tightening the bolt so it bottomed out.
I like it! Thanks for the loan Rich.
Friday, December 23, 2011
If you've read my postings for a while you've probably noticed I'm not very orderly in working through the project from start to finish. I tend to work on what ever I have parts, materials, tools ,or ideas for at the time. When I helped my dad build the Fly Baby back in the 60s we were very methodical. Pete Bowers wrote the plans/manual as a set of step by step instructions. You start on page one of a chapter and just check off each task as you go. When every item is checked off you have an airplane, actually a very cool airplane.
As much fun as it was working with my dad on the magic of building that plane you would think I would be more orderly in my current projects. I'm not because what I learned from that process was that each little item was a project in and of it's self. Each had it's own knowledge required, it's own materials, tools and methods. To some extent it didn't matter so much the order things were done as it did that each was done.
By focusing on each small task, enjoying it, and taking pride and satisfaction in it's completion building an airplane is very easy, a lot of fun, and rewarding. Finishing and flying the airplane was great but just one more little task or adventure just as each flight in it has been since.
By enjoying each saw cut, each hole drilled, each tool made, each little assembly, each flight for all the joy it contains, the Fun really is in the Doin' Not Just in Being Done.
Merry Christmas and a Fun New Year!
The presser bar pushes the cable loop and thimble securely into this plate, which does the actual holding while the loose end of the cable is secured. It is made from a piece of 1/4" x 1" x 3" mild steel bar stock.
I also tapered the entrance hole by turning the block 90 degrees to the blade and sawing along the edge of the cut. Again you could tilt the table but that would have taken longer then making the cuts. This came out really good and the cable fits perfectly.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Cessna 140 project I realized this block could be made from 1/2" x 1" mild steel like the clamp base piece. All I need to do is screw 2 pieces together to make a 1" block. In the end this is probably a better idea since it solves the problem of how to install the bushing which holds the block and clamp base together.