Posted: 3/23/2010 13:03:26
I'm looking for plans for a wooden rotisserie that I can build for my Starduster restoration project. I want an inexpensive way to support, move, and rotate the fuselage while I repair, change, sandblast and paint the fuselage structure. Anyone already solved this one?
Posted: 3/23/2010 13:11:51
Igot four 2x4s about 6 feet long each and bolted them in a cross pattern to the front engine mounts. The pattern they make looks like a tic-tac-toe game. This worked pretty well for me whiel I was builing my Texas Sport Cub. and it is really cheap to make. Here is a picture.
Posted: 3/23/2010 13:32:52
Gusset a couple 2 x 4's together for the right length and some uprights at a comfy height. I put 4 casters on it and it's very mobile. For the turning of the fuselage you need to buy 2 -1/2" gas flanges for a couple bucks and and 2- 1/2"nipples 8" long. Then drill two holes in the uprights. Then screw the flange and nipple assembly together and screw it to a board long enough to clamp to the fuselage. Conduit clamps work great. Once thats done buy 2-1/2" threaded gas clamps to put on the ends to prevent the fuselage from slipping off during rotation.
You can't tell in the photo but I also drilled a bunch of holes in the fuselage board rotating device in a circle and one hole in the upright. I then found a spike to shove in the hole to lock the rotating assembly in position for welding etc. Hope that helps!
Sorry about the mess in my garage but I'm a homebuilder......that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
Posted: 3/23/2010 13:38:11
One thing worth mentioning is the way I did it allows me to rotate the fuselage by myself and I can stop the rotation anytime and find just the right angle to work on things from my roller chair you see in the photo. Make sure you buy a roller chair with a shelf under it so you have a place to put your beer while you roll around and work on the old bird!
Posted: 3/24/2010 05:49:33
Modified: 3/24/2010 16:28:04
Doug Jewell wrote:
................I want an inexpensive way to support, move, and rotate the fuselage while I repair, change, sandblast and paint the fuselage structure. Anyone already solved this one?
If you do not rule out using metal, an inexpensive rotisserie can be cobbed together rather quickly using a cheap automotive type engine stand available at Harbor Freight, J.C Whitney or other outlet and lengths of angle iron commonly available at most big box stores. Bolted together, no welding is required. I cut the engine stand in two, then bolted angle iron extensions to increase its height by about 1 foot. In my case, the aft end of the RV-8 fuselage was supported by a padded sawhorse. One person operation was quite easy. If desired, you could always bolt another rotisserie to the aft end of the fuselage but for my purposes did not find it necessary. A rotiserrie is a huge timesaver and ergonomic convenience that cannot be overstated. Taking the time to assemble a wood or metal rotisserie is well worth the effort.
RV-6A N307R "Darla!"
EAA Technical Counselor
Posted: 3/24/2010 22:19:38
I have been thinking of something along these lines. I admit that I was measuring for some 2X4's bolted into the rafters in an upright V. With the rotating axel at the A/C centerline/bottom of V. It would free up the floor area. My son shook me back to reality. Its a bad idea..
Posted: 3/24/2010 22:44:08
Man is that funny, that would be like taking out the angles in a tube fuselage?!?!?!?!?!
Anyhow, a device for rotating a fuselage makes the process much more fun and saves on the chiropractor bills. All the ideas here are great!
Posted: 3/26/2010 09:17:41
Thanks to all who responded to my request. You've given me sufficient info to make a rotisserie that will meet my needs. A note on my situation is that I want to be able to roll the fuselage outside where I can sandblast it and paint it, so mobility is a must.
Thanks again to all,