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Ingenious Jigs

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The trick to using the beader is to draw it along the wood in the opposite direction in which the blade is sloped,just like a scraper. Don't press too hard — light cuts will get you the results you want faster than heavy ones.

Body 5/8"-wide x

pattern 1/4"-deep dado for chip clearance

Bottom Detail

tern, discard the waste, and round over the edges of the handles with a rasp so they fit your hands comfortably.

Also make a blade clamp and a fence. These simply screw onto the body. Note that the 1/4" fence can be mounted on either side of the blade, depending on the operation.

To use a beader, first make sure the blade

5/64" dia x 1/2" deep

is sharp. Lightly file the profile to create a burr or turn the burr with a burnisher, just as you would sharpen a scraper. When mounting the blade, set the depth and be sure the burr faces in, toward the body. Align the beader on the work with the beveled front facing away from you. Draw the tool toward you, applying light pressure, and the blade will remove a small amount of stock. Repeat until you have cut the profile to the desired depth.


We've run our first workshops in Lakeland, Fla.,and Norfolk,Va., made a few ribs for the 1903 Wright Flyer we're building, and I'm happy to report that the results were outstanding. Both the kids and the adults had a great time,they turned out some very usable airplane parts, and everyone went home with their fingers and toes intact, mostly.WeVe started shipping the workshop kits to the volunteer leaders and by the time you read this, we should be assembling the first wing.

Thanks to Ross Walton of Vintage Aero Fabrics in Mendon,Vt., we've been able to locate a covering for the wings that is just a few thread counts off the original. "Pride of the West" muslin, which the Wrights used to cover the wings of their Flyer, was a cotton fabric that was used mostly for women's undergarments.It's no longer

1 1/8" 7/16"

, .. 1 3/4." ^

1/2 3/4 wide


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Fence Layout

1/4 1/8



5/8" Top View





3/16" diameter



1 1/4"

Back View

Clamp Layout

The Router Plane

Like the beader, the iron of a router plane reaches down below the bottom of the tool. But this plane iron cuts rather than scrapes. If you're up for a little blacksmithing, you can make your own iron from a length of tool steel. (I made the iron shown here from drill stock.) You can also buy the irons from most mail-order woodworking catalogs.

available,but Ross found a cooperative mill that ran off enough to cover a few vintage airplanes — or a small town of Victorian ladies.

By the way, we're on our way to Kitty Hawk

on Sept. 8 and 9 of this year to test fly our replica of the 1901 Wright Glider. (Last year, we flew our 1900 Glider on the centennial of the Wright's first gliding flights.) If you'd like to see us fly, consider yourself invited. If you can't make it, we'll be web-casting the flights at our web site, www.wright-brothers.org.

Patrick D'Angelo makes his mark on aviation history.

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