Fuselage gussets

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Brian Amato
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Fuselage gussets

Post by Brian Amato » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:09 am

Where have you guys been buying your 1/8" plywood for the fuselage gussets? Aircraft Spruce? Boat Builders supply houses? Home Depot?
I'm ready to start the fuselage and wondering what you've been doing about this stuff?
Brian

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Terry Hand
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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by Terry Hand » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:16 am

I, fortunately, live about 1+15 away from ACS East, so I bought mine there and saved shipping. That is the only place I saw Mahogany gusset material, but others may have a better answer.
Semper Fi,

Terry Hand
Athens GA

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taildrags
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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by taildrags » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:11 am

I have seen posts from people who have used door skin material for their gussets. Readily available and sometimes in several choices of wood type, 1/8" thick. In the airplane supply aisle at Lowe's ;o)

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power

Brian Amato
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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by Brian Amato » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:36 am

Love it Oscar....I always forget about the airplane supply isle at Lowes.
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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by tom kreiner » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:26 pm

While I have not looked this year, a few years back I noted that after air venture every year two things happen; #1, EAA puts the four volume set of Tony Bingelis’s books on sale, and #2, Boulter Lumber puts their Okume plywood on sale. Both places used to have Sale ads inside the August & September issues of Sport Aviation.

When I bought mine, I paid roughly $129 for four sheets of marine grade plywood including shipping.

Here in Houston it would have been over $250.

Hope for all that these deals are still on!

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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by Brian Amato » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:34 am

Thanks Tom. By "sheets"...what size did you mean?
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Re: Fuselage gussets

Post by tom kreiner » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:48 am

Full-size sheets, 4’ x 8’ which were then cut down for me into 2’ x 8’ for shipping. I Purchased two 1/16 inch sheets one 1/8 sheet and one 5/16 inch sheet to the best of my recollection. They were actually in metric sizes but the measurements I gave are pretty close.

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