Cut-out templates for Nose Ribs

Today I cut out the templates for the nose ribs. Next, I need to decide whether to try a router to cut the aluminium or to use the snips. If I go with the snips I’ll need to glue the templates to bristle board and then use bristle board as the template. If I decide to use the router I need to cut out two pieces of MDF to sandwich the aluminium between and then use as a guide for the laminate trimmer bit.

Wing Rib Templates

Tonight I started working on the wing rib templates. Using AutoCad and the coordinate table contained in the Sonex plans I drew up the forward rib, SNX-W15-05. I created two versions of the template. One with the flanges to be used as a pattern for the aluminium blank and one without the flanges to be used for the forming blocks.