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Metal Hardware

Dan Tomlinson

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I've seen a number of posts and websites where builders have made their own hardware, or have provided CAD files to machine shops to have it made. Are any of those builders here? I'd like to see what the alternatives are to KB.


I'm certainly looking at Jack's Noselift and pivot, but most everything else except possibly the nose fork appears to be easy to CAD and Machine.


Any sources? Leads? Files available?


Basically all of the metal remains to be sourced.




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Yes, I can weld - both gas and electric, but it has been a long time for electric. I can also run metal lathes, shapers and milling machines, but I don't have access to them anymore, and it's not worth buying for a single project!


I do have access to gas and mig welders.


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my brother-in-law has made an awful lot of the parts using a drill press, small belt/disk sander (1"belt/8"disk), sheet metal brake (his is for siding so it can only be used on very thin items, small band saw with bimetal blade and tig weldor, oh yeh, and allot of simple hand tools (files, hack saw, cheep import crosslide table for drill press, punches, drills, reems its) and that blue layout stuff and double sided tape for making multiple identicle duplicates. He likes to work in metal. I don't know if arc is approved for aviation, I think tig and gas welding are.


It's amazing what these simple tools can produce.

maker wood dust and shavings - foam and fiberglass dust and one day a cozy will pop out, enjoying the build


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