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Project by Ken Waller posted 1428 days ago 2441 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First there was the .30-06 bullet pen. Then the .50-cal pen. This almost became the world’s largest bullet pen. One of my .50-cal pen customers asked me to take the process one step farther and creat lamps from 2 artillary shell casings he had and to have them engraved with the crests of 2 regiments of which he had been a member. The casings stand 24” high, are 5 1/2” in dia at the base and the opening is 3 1/2” in dia. I managed to mount the casing on my lathe using my chuck in the expansion mode and the tail centre stuck in the indent made from the firing pin. The casing was sanded to 2000 grit then buffed with tripoli and white diamond. Three coats of lacquer were applied to stop the brass from tarnishing. A 3/8” hole was drilled on the side close to the bottom for the cord. The ‘projectile’ portion was turned from a baseball-bat blank which had to be built up using 1/2”-thick slices of maple on each of the 4 sides. The neck was turned to be a jam fit into the casing. It was drilled lengthwise for the cord and a lamp fitting was attached. The crests were applied (by a 3rd party) using a sand blaster and photo-sensitive masking material. I am still amazed with the detail he was able to produce. The projectile was finished with 3 coats of tung oil and buffed. I love the end result and now I’m searching for more artillary shells:-)

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 1428 days ago

Cool idea. My Len has artillery shell candle holders his dad made in WWII. He was in the navy and the guys would turn the shells and create candle holders. They are pretty cool. Don’t know where you might find some artillery shells- maybe try Iraq or Afghanistan? :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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sedcokid

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#2 posted 1428 days ago

Looks real nice, the detail of the sand blasting is great! Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Pdub

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#3 posted 1428 days ago

Those TURNED out great. LOL Slight pun intended. Seriously though, they are really nice. I’m sure he will display them proudly.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Karson

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#4 posted 1428 days ago

Ken a beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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sawblade1

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#5 posted 1428 days ago

Great work :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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wrtnaz

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#6 posted 1428 days ago

Very Nice. I have a couple of 30 mil A-10 shells I brought back from the desert. I may have to try to do something like this with them.

-- wrtnaz

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JJohnston

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#7 posted 1428 days ago

Using the lathe to clean up the brass is a great idea. I have an empty along with an unfired projectile (w/o explosive) from a 57mm antitank cannon round that needs to be cleaned up. The projectile also needs a new tip, which can be made on the lathe.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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BigTiny

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#8 posted 1428 days ago

You are obviously a high caliber woodworker! LOL
I’m going to check with the reserve artillery regiment here and see if I can purchase a few spent casings.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Knothead62

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#9 posted 1427 days ago

Man, I got a bang out of this project!

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JJohnston

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#10 posted 1395 days ago

Ken, were you ever able to get all of the fine scratches out of the brass? I took mine down to 9 micron grit, and there was almost no difference between that and, say, 600. I think it may because all the scratches are circumferential (and parallel), rather than random.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 1395 days ago

That is so unusual and very creative. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ken Waller

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#12 posted 1395 days ago

For JJohnston: All the fine scratches were effectively eliminated with sanding to 2K and buffing and with the lacquer finish. Dents and any deeper scratches became ‘character lines’ :-)

Ken

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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