Propeller Hub Decor

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Project by jerry118 posted 03-01-2008 04:56 PM 1844 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This may not appear to be a woodworking project at first glance except for the base. However the project required a number of woodworking techniques and procedure.

I was asked to create this as a door prise at a golf tournament. I was provided a scrap (unarworthy) propeller hub and three flight instruments, and challenged to mount the instrumentsin the hub.

The first problem was that the depth of the instruments if I tried to mount with simple mounting plates to the faces of the hub, there was not enough space inside. I therefore needed to create more space.

I did this by making a wooden cylindrical collar (see the black rings) for each of the three openings to space out the instruments. It was necessary to carefully cut out the openings for the instruments and still leave enough for attachment. I cut the cylinders with a band saw from 5/4 that I salvaged from an old piano. Final smoothing was done on a stationary belt sander.

The top piece with the decal is made from lexan. The worst part of making the lexan part was match drilling holes to those in the hub. I think It took me three sets of scrap before I got one right.

There is a lasy susan bearing between the wood base and the hub to allow free rotation.

-- Jerry, Wichita KS

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 05:05 PM

That is one cool paper weight! Nice execution.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 05:09 PM

Nice job. That’s what I like about wood…its virtual functionality. You can make it fit anything, sometimes with a little effort and sometimes with a lot.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 05:13 PM

That looks really good. Great thought process and wonderful work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 03-02-2008 02:25 AM

Its from an airplane, you gotta love it.

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#5 posted 03-02-2008 02:33 AM

Excellent work Jerry!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 03-02-2008 03:39 AM

As a pilot, that’s something that gives me ideas. I have some old instruments around.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 03-02-2008 02:00 PM

well done!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 11:24 AM

Good looking piece. If it’s got wood on it, it’s a woodworking project :-)). Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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