Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Cowling

We finished beading the right side cowl which turned out nicely.



So, the side door was beaded next.





It was amazing how rigid the door became when the beads were added.



Here is how the door beads match the cowling.



Beading seems like a simple task, right? Just crank away and make the line. Takes about five minutes to bead a cowl. Well...not really.



Each practice pieces was used to get the jig set up for the proper edge depth and squareness. For example, the front bead was 1 in. from the edge but the bottom bead was 9/16 in. from the edge. Each bead was different so you couldn't just set the depth and bead around the entire cowl perimeter.

Speaking of the jig - John Kuck suggested that we take our guide block and add "legs" to it. That way, we could slide the jig to the proper depth and clamp it to the table.



This made beading much more pleasurable.



More soon

Brian

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