Aircraft Woodwork by Rollen Drake

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6″ x 9″
214 pages

This is a high quality facsimile of Aircraft Woodwork by Colonel Rollen H. Drake, originally published in 1946.

This book contains all the information and instruction needed to fulfill the woodwork requirements for an aircraft mechanic’s license in 1946. Its detailed information on every aspect of aircraft woodwork will also make the book useful for reference by woodworkers on the job. It is clearly written in non-technical language which anyone can understand.

There is much useful data on the different types of woods, their characteristics, their physical structure, properties and uses, ways in which they are cut and seasoned, the specific requirements in strength, moisture content, weight, grain, etc., for different aircraft parts, and the defects which the woodworker must watch for in the selection of wood for each job.

There are equally full and specific details about the various types of glues used in woodwork and the techniques of application; about joints and laminations; and about the various types of finishes required on the wood and fabric parts of the aircraft, how they are applied, and how they are removed.

The common tools and machines the aircraft woodworker uses are illustrated and the techniques in the skilled use of each tool is explained. There are helpful chapters on blueprint reading and on the safety precautions necessary in woodwork.

The last half of the book contains nearly 100 problems which show each step in typical aircraft woodwork jobs, both construction and repair. They illustrate work on all of the wood structures and the fabric or plywood covered parts of an aircraft.

The book is illustrated with about 225 detailed drawings and photographs, which graphically show all the materials, tools, and techniques described in the text. There are also useful tables of data on such matters as the allowable and inallowable defects in woods for the various aircraft parts, the amounts of pressure needed in gluing various parts, bending radii of plywoods, the classification of woods by strength, weight, moisture content, specific gravity, etc.

About Colonel Rollen H. Drake:

He is particularly well qualified to give instruction in aircraft work. During World War II he served as Chief of the Airman Agency United of the Civil Aeronautics Administration under which all CAA approved ground schools operated. He also served as Senior Technical Examiner for the United States Civil Service Commission. In addition, he had wide experience in teaching technical and vocational work in aviation ground schools and in high schools and vocational schools.


Wood—Its Properties and Characteristics
Aircraft Woods—Their Identification and Uses
Defects in Aircraft Woods
Selection of Aircraft Wood
Glossary of Terms Used in Aircraft Woodwork
Fundamentals or Aircraft Woodworking
Technical Drawings and Their Interpretation
Glues and Gluing
Joints and Laminations
Aircraft Woodworkers’ Tools
Aircraft Doping and Finishing
General Safety Rules
Construction of a Root Bay of a Fabric Covered Wing
Construction of a Plywood Covered Wing Tip Bay
Construction of a Fabric Covered Aileron
Construction of a Plywood Covered Vertical Fin
Construction of a Fabric Covered Rudder
Construction of a Plywood Covered Horizontal Stabilizer
Construction of the Rear Section of a Plywood Covered Fuselage
Wood Propellers
Approved Repairs
Approved Fabric Repairs
Approved Plywood Repairs
Approved Wing Structure Repairs
Approved Fuselage Repairs
Miscellaneous Problems

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