of making your own wooden blades.
My first question is WHY WOULD YOU
EVEN WANT TO? This isn't the 1930's and even so it takes time and is a major pain in the neck to
even make the blades, let alone making a precision balanced hub.
BUT there are people that think that wooden blades are the best
thing since sliced bread. Lets take a look at that mind
set by viewing the common end results of wooden blades.
You grab some high grade wood and
start widdling away. You spend hours, days or even weeks to
make them. If you are successful with your first attempt and
you get them done you will spend hours
balancing them, if
not you do it all over again. Once they are balanced you seal them to protect them from the
elements and they are ready to go on your generator that you spent
your time making.
One day you get a good strong wind with some sand in it and your blades
get nicks in your sealer. now water starts getting in..
Your blades start to warp, then it is out of balance because it is
soaking up water.
You put a lot of work
into something, that will never get you the results you wanted and in
most cases end up being the death of your generator from vibration
caused from warping and changing in the shape of the wood.
So why would anyone even waste their time
trying to make something when they can buy a bolt together ready to fly
product that needs no balancing and is made out of material that will hold up in the weather?
Surely you didn't think this was going to be a
serious page and that I was going to tell you how to make dangerous
none lasting blades out of wood.
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