Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Navigation Table

The biggest challenge of the navigation table reconstruction is building the table to original specifications without the aid of the manufacture's drawings!

Based on photos from other reconstructed tables, a few original pieces salvaged from other Ansons, a Styrofoam mock up and creation of CAD drawings, the arrangement and dimensions of the navigation table was determined.

At the start, the outside dimension of the table was extrapolated from photos and then a Styrofoam mock up was built.

The Styrofoam mock up was handy to confirm the mounting and fit in the Anson. The forward starboard and port corners of the table determined by the mock up was critical in setting the dimension of the table. As well as the top rail of the door opening which will be discussed later. The dimensions of the hinged leaf in the down position was checked to ensure it would clear the forward wing strut. In the photo below, the leaf is shown on the right side in the down position.

The navigation table is under construction. The process being used is that a few nails and screws are being used to hold pieces in place. Once the entire table is completed the table will be taken a part. Each piece such as the sides, top, and bottom will be glued, nailed, and painted. Then each major piece will be assembled to complete the navigation table.

Navigation Table Door:
The current navigation door is being reworked to accommodate the recently found pieces of the original navigation door. 

The navigation door is completed using a few of the original pieces. Theses door used two types of latch's. The type shown which uses two front mounting screws and two top screws and mounted on the outside of the door. The other type of latch used four front mounting screws and sat flush with the door. skin. The cross braces uses two screws each to strength and brace the door. Hinges for the door are new because the originals could not be found.


More to come.......

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