Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


The base of the seats are 5/8 in. pine which I got at Home Depot. I got the nice sanded stuff on one side. Anyway, two pieces were cut 17 1/2 in wide 5 inches and 9 inches deep respectively.

There's a lightening hole in the center and the curve on the back side was cut with the bandsaw and smoothed with the spindle sander.

Here they are during construction.

The seats are held together with two 5/8 in thick rails 2 inches wide.

The rails are beveled on the sides and cut to the curve at the back.

Here they are in place.

The seat backs are made from 3003 aluminiun .032 in. thick. One of the nice things about being married to an ex-school teacher is that I get to use her leftover pink poster board to make the radius templates! (before you make fun of me).

Here the seat is cut.

Even thought the seat was not finished, I could not resist putting it in place.

The seat has to be fastned to the base yet, with the flange bent underneath and brass screws holding it together. Plus, half-round ratan will be used to strengthen the outline. Stay tuned for that. Enjoy


Blogger JT said...

Nice looking seats...Did you design them or are they planned that way?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Brian Karli said...

No, they are designed that way.


Hey everyone - if you want to see nice workmanship, check out JT's RV8 blog. You'll like it.

7:46 PM  

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