Throttle Quadrant Cover

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Because the Cockpit Sonic TQ is flat at the back, I need to create a cover that will have the same angle of the CDU Bay

The idea is to create a case made of plywood all around the TQ, this will not only make the TQ look like is an extension of the CDU Bay but will also hide cables coming from the TQ itself and those coming from the radio pedestal.

In addition, the cover needs to be built in a way that is able to lift the TQ up a few centimeters so that it aligns with the height of the CDU Bay

For this job I will use 12mm tick plywood, none of the good stuff, just the cheap version that you can buy from most of the hardware shops. I live in the Netherlands and I generally buy it at Karwai. The sheet measures 61cm x 122cm.
With one sheet I can make both sides of the structure and have a little piece left for future projects.

The easiest way I found to do this, is to cut the sheet in half and than place one half on top of the other with some double sided tape in between, to make sure that the two sections will not move. Than with a straight edge, draw the shape,
and start cutting it out using any tools at your disposal, I used a table saw, a hand saw and a band saw.

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Once the two sections were cutout, I clamped them to the TQ in what I believed was the right position and started to screw the full structure using spacers in front and at the back of the TQ, those spacers acted as blockers to keep the TQ from moving in any directions.

With the structure complete, I took it out and gave it a couple of coats of white paint.

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The last thing left to do was to use the to spacers I used to lift the TQ up and screw the full structure to the platform.

Don’t forget to check out the video for the full description on how I made this cover.

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