My Wooden Airplane
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10/1/2010 - 10/21/2010

Boot Cowl

One of the reasons why I chose 48 inches as the maximum width of my fuselage was so that a standard piece of plywood would cover it, if necessary. Unfurtunately, I forgot to take into account the curvature of the instrument panel. As a result, I needed more than one piece of plywood for the "boot cowl" (or whatever you'd call that top piece between the instrument panel and the firewall). Since I needed to cut a hole for the windshield frame to pass through it anyway, I decided to start with a small plywood strip down the center.

Once that was done, I was able to use the full sheet of plywood for the rest of the boot cowl (it was already cut in half to reduce shipping costs). The hard part was blending the joint where the plywood pieces come together at the top. The right side came out okay, but it looks like the left side apparently didn't get clamped evenly. Fortunately, it will be completely hidden once it's been covered with fabric and painted.

Total Time: 9.5 hrs.