My Wooden Airplane
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4/20/2014 - 5/8/2014


I made my doors a little bit differently than what the plans call for. The plans show a "jamb" on the inside of the fuselage that I think would make entry (and egress) a bit more difficult than it already is. Instead, I extended the plywood skin beyond the edges of the door by about an inch, which I think will work perfectly. If I need to, I can also add some open-cell foam weather stripping to keep the wind and noise out.

For a latch, I made a simple pin out of 1/4-inch stainless tubing, about 18 inches long. It is spring-loaded in the closed position, and rides along a Delrin insert to keep friction low.
It works very well, although I think I want to try some larger knobs.

The extra pieces in the lower half of the door are not for strength, necessarily.
They are to keep the relatively thin plywood skin from "oil canning".

Total Time: 55.5 hrs.