Stinson 108 Propeller Mount

My wife's father had removed a wooden propeller from his Stinson 108 many decades ago, replacing it with a metal one. He kept the prop as a keepsake and passed it on to his daughter. I made her this mount, which is 47"x 27" using virtually every tool in my shop. Turned out pretty nice. Weighs about 65 lbs. with the propeller attached.

The finished project:

And with the propeller attached:

A humble beginning as a drawing:

The foam core of the cowl:

Refined a bit:

After sanding, a long, drawn out process:

A raft of other components were required.

The base, 1 1/2" thick oak, stained golden oak and clear coated with oil based poly:

A "crankshaft" which was made on the indexer with a 5/8" hole down the center.

The aluminum plate to mount the prop with, made from bezeled 1/4" plate:

And last, but not least, the grills. These were the most difficult part but hardly visible. I made these freehand from plaster, epoxy and metallic paint:


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