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10-17-2018 10:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip resource rustic modern

I’ll load images tomorrow;)

Looking to mount an airplane aluminum propeller on the wall. I has to be across two studs and min. 4” thick to compensate for the curve to sit flush to the wall.

I’m new and have basics tools, but if suggested I’ll buy what’s needed to complete the project!

My wife is retired ATC and would love to surprise her!

If this isn’t the right place to post please feel free to delete:)

TIA


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#1 posted 10-17-2018 11:26 AM

how long is the prop and how much does it weigh – (yes, photos will help).

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 03:15 PM

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 03:18 PM

The weight is 36.5 lbs.
Length is 81.25
Height is 4” ( would like it 4.5” so the prop isn’t touching the wall;)

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#4 posted 10-17-2018 03:29 PM

A buddy of mine built some shelves from black iron pipe. Something along those lines might work. Mount a base on the wall and sick some pipe out for the propeller to set on.

You could also build a big shelf to put under it and put something in the middle of the shelf to hold it up

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#5 posted 10-17-2018 03:51 PM

I like that idea but leaning towards a cleaner look of at all possible…I’ll do your idea if nobody has ideas!

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 04:09 PM

depending on how far you want it to be from the wall,
“if it were my project”. I would build a wood base to fit behind
the yellow bracket that would have bolts epoxied in place so they
wouldn’t turn, mount that to the wall on a stud, mount the prop,
screw the nose cap in place and call it a day.
37 pounds is not that heavy for a single stud mount, IMO.
or, if you want to cross two or more studs, you could build a nice
varnished backboard to sort of frame behind it.
and since it will always be a wall hanger, option “B” would be to weld
two aluminum brackets on the back of the prop that will span two studs and hang
like a picture frame with key slots.

  • and that is one AWESOME gift for your wife !! Best Wishes in her retirement.
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#7 posted 10-17-2018 07:06 PM

How many lag Bolts should I put through the mounting bracket (wood)

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#8 posted 10-17-2018 07:42 PM

not knowing the diameter or thickness of the wood, I would use 3 or 4
5/16” or 3/8” x 5 or 6” lags with flat washers to hold the wood to the wall.
(assuming the block of wood might be 3 or 4” thick, the bolts will be recessed).
alternating the pattern so not to run exactly in the same line.
predrill with the appropriate size bit.
then the six bolts protruding out that holds the prop.
then the yellow bracket onto that to hold the nose cone.
if you need a drawing, I can sketch one up for you.
a neat addition would be to find the red pennant that says
REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT – - – and attach it behind the prop – readily available on ebay.

[of course this piece of historical art would have to be way out of reach
of any youngsters that may want to hang off of it]
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#9 posted 10-17-2018 08:14 PM

I would love a sketch if you had time! I believe I do understand what you’re saying, but want to be certain. I just bought wood working tools and have been watching YouTube on French Cleats to hang heavy items. But if you really don’t see a concern about the weight, I’ll just screw it to the wall!

I will buy one today! What an awesome touch that would be! Great idea!

Thanks for everything overall.

This will be min. 9’ from the ground.

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#10 posted 10-17-2018 08:34 PM

members of the “Cleat Camp” often subscribe the cleats for things
that will sometimes be removed or adjusted for space such as cabinets, etc.
I doubt very seriously you will be removing the prop once it is installed.

I need to know how thick the round wood will be and the diameter and bolt pattern.

9ft off the ground leaves quite a bit of room for imperfections in the woodworking.
if you look for the red pennant on the web, try to find one that has been used.
anyone that has spent time on the flight line knows that they do not keep that
“fresh new look” for very long. (or you can artificially age a new one on asphalt).

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#11 posted 10-17-2018 09:05 PM

The wood would to be 3” thick and at least 12” round.

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#12 posted 10-17-2018 09:07 PM

I’ll find a used distress looking red pendant. Almost ordered a new one:)

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#13 posted 10-17-2018 09:17 PM

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#14 posted 10-17-2018 10:07 PM

hope this helps

since you are new to woodworking, I think you need to seek out someone
in your area that has a wood lathe that can turn the wood base for you.
then, you can do the sealing and painting yourself. (or have him do it also).
[I would go with a gloss white or matte silver color]
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#15 posted 10-17-2018 10:41 PM

Simply impressed!

Now would I pre-drill through and counter sink the prop bolts from the back side before mounting, or just put the prop up and screw it into the wood?

Thanks a million! You’ve gone above and beyond!

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