Plane

Editor's Choice - Jul 07, 2015

A lady that has had me build photo props for her asked me to build this for her:

I said sure! I used 1/2 a sheet of 3/4" plywood for the whole thing, except the tail and the propeller. I drew it up on my tekla program, then i cut out all the pieces.

I then decided where to put pocket holes, and went to town on the pieces.

I clamped up the body to see how it all came together, then i took it apart and glued then screwed it all together.

Once the main body was complete i started adding the tail. Cut the round ends with my jigsaw, then sanded it out to smooth it out, then attached it to the body.

once that was in place, i added the backrest for the seat, this piece is just glued in place.

Now on to the front of the plane, the wing span is 36" i drew in the arcs and cut them with the jigsaw, then clamped the pieces together and sanded out to match. I also drilled holes halfway for the rods that run from top wing to bottom wing. I glued those in place.

On to the propeller, i dont know if the one from the picture she sent me spins, but mine was going to spin, i went to Ace and bought the necessary hardware to achieve this.

I purchased 2 different types of casters, the big ones are fixed and go in the front, the small one swivels, has a break, and goes in the back.

All in all i was very happy with the outcome, it was a fun build, She has not picked it up yet and my 1.5 year old, has been climbing in and out of it for the past couple days, my 6 year old, barely fits in it, and she asked me if i could make a bigger one. Its a fun toy. The pic with the kid is my neighbors son, he was diggin it too.

Excuse my grass, its a mess!

Woods: plywood

Tools: table saw jig saw circular saw kreg pocket hole jig random orbit sander

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Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

good job building the airplane . Bonus – live time of memories

jim webster ...

well done

Mike40 ...

Looks great Tony. The pilot certainly looks pleased. Nice build description too. About the grass, if its green it’s good.

a1jim ...

Wonderful build,love it.

Manitario ...

very cool, once other people see this, you’re going to have to make a bunch for the neighbourhood kids!

Thorreain ...

What a fun project. Very nicely done and blogged. Thanks for sharing.

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Well the grass looks really good. So thick and green. Oh the plane lol lol… it turned out great!!! Love it. If you don’t mind what is the total cost and hours you have in it?

TonyCan ...

Hours no idea, i stopped keeping track of my hours on any project, cost would be right about $45, i used 1/2 sheet of plywood, (whole sheet is $37) casters $15, 1 was on sale, rod was about $3, then screws, and glue.

Thanks everyone, I got editors choice award, SWEET!!

Brian ...

Very cute!

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