Wing nose ribs

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A friend of mine had offered to cut the nose ribs for me on his CNC router. Instead I opted to do it myself because I want to build this airplane not have some computer do it for me.

I copied the template from the plans and cut out the shape on a piece of scrap wood. Then mounted it into a piece of plywood.

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Wing nose rib template

There are six screws that hold the template in place.

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They are poking out the template just enough to help hold the workpiece in place.

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On the template I drilled two small holes in the corner of the stringer cut out. As each rib is cut out I also drilled these holes so I can easily locate the cutout on each rib.

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I used clamps to hold the 1/4″ plywood in place and staples on the 1/8″. Each nose rib was cut out using a flush cut router bit.

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Here is what a single rib looks like after being routed and drilled using the template.

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Wing nose rib

After all of the ribs were cut out I used the band saw to cut out the notch for the stringer.

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24 wing nose ribs

Each rib is nearly identical to the others, when stacked side by side they look like a solid block of wood.

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