Step 7: The Wing

As said earlier, all control surfaces are from wood 5/8 inch thick. Notice that the wing is raked both on the leading and the trailing edges. Begin with a piece of wood 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 14. Taper the trailing edge of the wing so the taper rises 1/2 inch on each side to the point where each half of the wing intersects with the fuselage.  From the point where each half of the leading edge of the wing intersects with the fuselage taper the wing back from its 2 3/4 inch width where it fits into the rabbet made for it in the bottom of the fuselage to a width of 2 inches at each wingtip. Round the corners.

While the wing is still unattached to the airplane, use a spokeshave to give it the classic teardrop shape of an airplane wing. Leave the wing with square corners where it fits into the rabbet on the bottom of the airplane, but shape it as much as possible from the side of the fuselage to the tip of the wing.

Glue the wing in place. Sand to make a smooth airplane look. Finish with clear varnish. The kids in your life will enjoy loading and flying their people with their own airplane.

Excellent idea and even better execution! I also like that all of the edges are rounded. Definitely add the maker info to the bottom of the toy. I wrote the maker & date on the heirloom-quality toys my in-laws made for my son since it might be forgotten 50 years down the line.
Thank you.
beautiful, it already has the charm of an antique, this will last for generations :)
Thank you. I suppose stories related to toys like this should be recorded somewhere. In time they are often forgotten or become distorted.
that's interesting, have you considered engraving something onto the toy so that in 4 generations time it can still be traced back to you ?... <br><br>I wonder if your Instructables URL will work in 100 years ? <br>
Given the airplane is from wood, the ideal might be to burn maker and date information with a soldering gun or a woodburning tool. Once I read an article on Stradivarius violins. He always signed his things with &quot;Faciebat Stradivarius&quot; and the year. &quot;Faciebat&quot; is Latin for &quot;It was made...&quot;
now the market have a lot of toys, include: plastic, wooden, or other, i feeling, DIY toys to our children, instereting, improve handle
They are also a nice remembrance of the person who made them, or of the person to whom they first belonged.
Great job, Phil.
Thank you, Osvaldo.
This is amazing!
Thank you.
Wow, great job!
Thank you. When I built this I did not have any printed plans. I just used my eye to make it look like an airplane. The kids have enjoyed it. My grown children enjoy reading Instructables about toys I made for them.
it looks like it will live to pass down another generation. Nicely done !
Thank you. I was always concerned about the tail section. It is the most prone to breakage, but it has been fine.

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