Radial Engine Shadow Box sans Lathe

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Project by keithk1 posted 01-10-2013 10:47 AM 2165 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK just signed up on the site last night. I built this for a friend that retired a few years ago. At the time I didn’t have a lathe. The case is red oak the cylinders are made from pine 2 X 6’s. I used hole saws on my drill press for the cylinders and a finger joint bit on the router table to cut the fins. This literally took a month of weekends to build. Thanks for looking.

-- Indecision may or may not be my problem -Keith

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 12:09 PM

Welcome to L/J’s. Nice build. I have researched building a radial engine and it is still on my bucket list.

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 12:32 PM

That is a neat project
How many hours did it take?
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#3 posted 01-10-2013 01:14 PM

Welcomes to LJs. Very nice build, looks real good. I like all the detail work, very unique.

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 01:29 PM

Fantastic job. Love the detail and finish.

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 01:37 PM

TERRIFIC!! I love it! I am kind of a plane nut anyway. again wonderful project!

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 01:51 PM

Very cool!

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#7 posted 01-10-2013 04:10 PM

Welcome to LJ’s and nice project. Old school Aviation, I like it. I have worked for the airlines in Aircraft Maintenance my whole life. Never worked on a radials other than in school back in the 80’s.

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-10-2013 04:24 PM

Welcome to Ljs
A great looking project ,it’s really unique.

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 12:57 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

Realy cool job on this

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 02:39 AM

Very neat project! Great use of the tools you have to do the job you want. Look forward to seeing more of your projects, but don’t be surprised if they take longer to finish than you anticipate.

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 05:33 AM

Thanks for all the comments this one took me about 40 to 50 hours to complete.

-- Indecision may or may not be my problem -Keith

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 08:01 AM

very well made modell .. unique :-)
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#13 posted 01-11-2013 06:05 PM

My wife is a helicopter and airplane mechanic, her first job was working on radial engines, she would kill for this. Maybe I’ll make something like it for her birthday.


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#14 posted 01-12-2013 05:34 AM

Realy amaizing work.Beautiful present for your friend.Perfect details!

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 05:48 AM

That is awesome! I know a couple Mechs that would love a piece like that.

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