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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 09-20-2008 08:03 PM 4224 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of our Lumberjocks asked me yesterday.

What can I make out of a Cat diesel engine piston?

There isn’t any wood on this project, but I’ve been meaning to put L shaped wooden brackets on them.

They’ve been setting on the shelf for quite awhile, as a matter of fact over 50 years now.

That’s when I was working for Cummins Diesel in 1956, & 1957.

I used a powered hacksaw to cut them in half.

I think you could do a pretty straight cut with a Sawzall though.

A rotary wire brush polished them up real nice.

Thanks to Lumberjocks I might get around to adding some wood, one of these days.

I don’t believe in rushing things though.<;o


Some guys have made ash trays, by cutting the top portion off.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Connecting rod bookcase.
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-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 09-20-2008 08:29 PM

That’s pretty cool, Dick… 50 years, wow.. they’ve held up well. I think you should add some wood that is a nice warm brown color, with waves or ray flakes in the grain, like oil…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Diane

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#2 posted 09-20-2008 08:38 PM

If I went to your house I wouldn’t know what they were made from but they sure are nice.

Diane

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 09-20-2008 08:43 PM

Thanks!

You know that old saying, ”You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”.

That one gets thrown out of the window.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 09-20-2008 08:50 PM

Good idea. I think I might build some L brackets and since I have 2 pistons, put one on each. That way I don’t have to cut them in half. If they don’t look good I can always whack them in two.

-- Joe

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 09-20-2008 08:53 PM

Go for it Joe!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 09-20-2008 09:08 PM

Looks like its from a NHRS220.

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-20-2008 09:13 PM

Very nice Dick.

-- 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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 09-20-2008 09:55 PM

Thanks Karson, Rikkor.

It might be Rikkor, or an NVH, we were working on a lot of them at the time.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 09-20-2008 11:52 PM

Neat job & solid bookends Dick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 09-21-2008 03:25 AM

Very nice book ends. I like the idea of using things for out of the ordinary purposes. I have a door stop the once was the arresting hook for F/A-18 Hornet. Just becasue something is worn out doesn’t mena it can’t be used for something else.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 09-21-2008 03:32 PM

Dick, you are the recycling KING!

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-21-2008 03:53 PM

Hi Dick;

Is that the mechanical section of your library?

Looks good.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Napaman

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#13 posted 09-21-2008 07:24 PM

these are cool…and I bet pretty heavy—-thus you could probably use these for large books..and a lot of them…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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