/ Home made plywood #11
- Jan 30, 2004
- Mojave Desert, CA
- Kubota B7800
Actually, he used Birch, but Birch Goose didn’t sound right
Maybe I could build a glider and name it The Wood Duck. Anyone like to volunteer as test pilot?Howard Hughes used a laminated plywood called Duramold to build the Spruce Goose.
I have a glider rating. I could do it. Just ship it out to me and up we goMaybe I could build a glider and name it The Wood Duck. Anyone like to volunteer as test pilot?
I'll bet there's some interesting currents in that area. Is it common catching up draft and gaining altitude or is that too dangerous? As near as I ever came to soloing was jumping off the barn holding a tractor umbrella and I would have done better jumping without the brella.I have a glider rating. I could do it. Just ship it out to me and up we go
Two thumbs up...!Once you master flying a glider, you realize that you never knew how to fly a power plane. The engine compensates for actually controlling the aircraft. You actually become one with the glider and can feel every updraft or downdraft.
My most fun episode was when I was doing my biennial flight review for single engine. I was with an instructor did I did not know. We went out and did all the mandatory stuff without issue. When we came back to the airport, I reverted to my glider training and was too high on final. You always do this in a glider as there is no engine to get you to the threshold if you're too low.
I imagined that the instructor was thinking, "well he blew this landing". Just about that time I threw it into a slip. A slip is when you cross control the airplane by elevator one direction and rudder opposite. This turns the airplane to about a 45 degree offset to the direction you are actually traveling. The increased drag and loss of lift causes the airplane to lose altitude at a very rapid rate. As i'm approaching the runway with the plane going sideways, out of the corner of my eye i see the instructor slowly starting the reach for the yoke. At about 10' i snapped it straight and put it on the numbers.
Yeah he passed me.
Do some math I guess, is it $1 for 32 sqft of 1/8 ply? So 25 cents per board foot of plywood(8 layers to make an inch think)... hmmm... Spruce sheathing plywood is about $3/ bdft...So yea,I plan to buy a log peeler and,,,,,, not really but I can buy used 1/8" plywood 50 sheets for $50 and endless availability. Have you glued up multiple layers to make thicker sheets (I'm thinking 4 to 6 layers) and how did it work out? I'm thinking of sand bags for clamping. If no previous experinece,does it sound like a worthwhile porject? i would mostly use it on shelves,pallet rack and interior wall covering for storage buildings.