|Project by FJPetruso||posted 02-02-2015 03:49 AM||1780 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I built a version of a Piper Tri-Pacer in my woodshop. I didn’t exactly build a whole airplane in my woodshop. Nor did I build a scale model. Airplane enthusiasts often jokingly refer to the Tripod Landing Gear version of the Piper Pacer tail dragger as…. “The Flying Milk Stool”. Since my brother has enjoyed owning a real Tri-Pacer for years, & it’s over 60 years old now, I decided to have a bit of fun & make him a brand spankin’ new one!
The style milk stool I picked was taken from several photos that I found on the NET. One with a handle was nice because of it’s resemblance to an airplane tail opposite the front landing gear. I made the seat from an old 1-1/4” maple table top. And the legs from some 2” thick hard maple. The disk was cut out on my bandsaw, trued on my lathe & the edges rounded over on the router table. After marking the leg holes 1-1/2” from the edge & 120 degrees apart, I made a 10 degree jig for my drill press & drilled the leg holes. Then I drilled a 3/4” hole in the edge opposite one leg for the tenon on the Shaker styled handle I turned. 12” Shaker styled Milk Bottle legs were turned with 2” long 1” diameter tenons that were cut to accept the wedges that secured the legs.
A fixture was made (“I”-screw, “J” hook & turnbuckle purchased from the hardware store) to anchor the stool down to my bench while I layed out & routed my version of Piper Tri-Pacer logos that I found on the NET. Finally it was finished with Maple stain & Minwax one step Pecan finish.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"