2x4 Propeller

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Project by Andy posted 01-31-2008 09:07 PM 5332 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my grandson, Bryce.

This was made out of one Pine 2×4x8’. The finished dimensions are 47” long x 6” wide x 1.5” thick at the hub. The center of the hub was milled out with a template and a router.The shape of the blades were drawn by eye onto masonite until they looked right, then cut out on the bandsaw and finished to shape with sanding blocks.This was placed on the prop blank, traced out ,and then rough cut on the bandsaw.The difficult part was getting the right look to the pitch of the blades. The final shaping was done using a drawknife and block plane.The basic design was melded from photos of old wooden props found on the web.

Bronze paint accents the hub and tips. Mahogany stain and glazes were used to give this a vintage feel. Brass screws and a carriage bolt complete the look.
Finish is varnish.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 09:32 PM

Nice 2 X 4 .

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 09:46 PM

Coulda fooled me. Looks like a real one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 10:52 PM

this is beautiful.
What a lovely piece of art to hang on the wall.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 11:30 PM

Did you go for a certain pitch, or just a look of a prop? Either way it came out nice.

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 11:54 PM

Very nicely done!

-- Tom, Michigan ~ Working with a renewable resource called wood

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 12:00 AM

cool 2×4 project … never would have thought of it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 02:31 AM

Hay! Andy
You did a great job on this!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 02:56 AM

Tower clears Grandson for take off. Great 2×4, Andy.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 03:01 AM

That is sweet. I love it. If it is a fake, are you telling us that this is a prop prop?

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 03:50 AM

looks like a lot of work went into that. its almost like a carving

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 03:01 PM

Thank you all. Rikkor-The pitch was based on looks only,and what would work with the thickness of the board. Steve-Thats what I have been saying to everyone…”its not real its just a prop”

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 02-07-2008 06:14 AM

How many more 2×4’s would it take to build the plane?
I was wondering if maybe you got the 2×4 at Menards. That would have simplified the project, as they are usually twisted into the propeller shape when you buy them. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 07-09-2009 05:07 PM

Well done, I’m going to give it try it.

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#14 posted 07-12-2009 07:19 AM

Cool Andy

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