Radial Engine Shadow Box sans Lathe

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Project by keithk1 posted 547 days ago 1424 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.

-- Keith

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#1 posted 547 days ago

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 547 days ago

That is a neat project
How many hours did it take?
Welcome to LJ’s

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#3 posted 547 days ago

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

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#4 posted 547 days ago

Fantastic job. Love the detail and finish.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 547 days ago

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

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#6 posted 547 days ago

Very cool!

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#7 posted 547 days ago

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 547 days ago

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

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#9 posted 546 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

Realy cool job on this

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#10 posted 546 days ago

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.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 546 days ago

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

-- Keith

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#12 posted 546 days ago

very well made modell .. unique :-)
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#13 posted 545 days ago

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 545 days ago

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

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#15 posted 527 days ago

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

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