April 11, 2004 HOME

The last couple of weeks have left no time for the RV7 project, but today I got in a few minutes to read the plans and work on the left elevator counterweight. I shaved a little lead off the trailing surface and the top so it would light press-fit into its place. I haven't tried to remove the recommended half inch or so or to shape the surface shown below per plans.

Not having the energy to sort out the plans and instructions around the counterweights, I moved on to grinding the corners off of an 8" by 16" piece of 1/4" steel plate for my backrivet board. Why did grind the corners? To round them off. Why did I want to round them off? Hmmm, I didn't really think about that until I had finished. I supposed it's because all the others I had seen had rounded corners. I guess I was just too tired to think for myself. It's a good thing I wasn't working on the airplane....

Tired or not, I felt I had to do something, so I cut out the hole in a 24" by 24" piece of 1/4" Masonite board and prepared to file it to fit.








I took a close look at my files. Do you think they could use a little attention? Mostly, I used the most aggressive one (on the left).

After about 40 minutes of filing (and realizing that I should have made my cut a little closer), I got a decent fit and called it a day (night).

It really isn't as much fun working on the support stuff like benches and jigs as working on the airplane. Isn't that a surprise???





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