At nearly the length of one wing, the horizontal stabilizer is effectively the third wing. As I understand it, prior to releasing the empennage kit, Van's re-worked the RV-14's tail by bolstering it in some perceived weak areas. It seems that the horizontal stabilizer was a main focus of this effort. When putting this together, it was clear that it is built to withstand some serious loads.
It all begins with match drilling stiffeners to the rear spar.
Once the rear spar's stiffeners and elevator brackets are riveted to it, it's time to set it aside and focus on the front spar (the horizontal stabilizer includes two spars). The picture below shows the front spar. Since this is the spar that attaches to the tail of the aircraft it requires some extra strength. Here, I am using the C-frame to back rivet the stiffeners to the front spar. When it's an option to rivet this way, it's my preferred method.
With the front spar's stiffeners installed, it was then time to get started on the ribs.
Next, the skins get there fitting . . .
A break is always welcome.
With the skins and rear spar installed, the horizontal stabilizer is done!
Next up, the elevator--ugh!