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chall
08-19-2006, 05:16 PM
My 16-year-old son wants to make a 72" wooden propeller to enter in a woodworking contest, and later display in his room. We understand the basic process of laminating a stack of 3/4" rough-cut wooden blanks, making a metal hub, then doing all the carving/polishing/finishing work. What we haven't been able to find is a set of templates for the blanks. If anyone knows of a source for that, we'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Dave
08-20-2006, 11:29 AM
You could use this one (http://www.woodenpropeller.com/blueprint.jpg), and I have some drawings of a SPAD propeller that might work as well.

chall
08-20-2006, 09:48 PM
Yes, we'd been looking at the blueprint at http://www.woodenpropeller.com/blueprint.jpg. We figured we could just scale it to the size we want. I can sort of guess what the shape would be on the finished propeller, but what we've seen and like a lot is the Sopwith Pup propeller (funny, since that's the one in your signature).

Do you have the SPAD prop plans in electronic form, or just hardcopy? I'd be curious to see them, but don't want to put you to any trouble.

Thanks.

Dave
08-21-2006, 12:21 PM
It's just hardcopy, and it's bigger than will fit on my scanner, so I need to scan it at work and reduce the size. This is part of it, but shows basically what it looks like.

http://pics.woodenpropeller.com/SPADdraw.gif

ec121connie
08-23-2006, 10:35 AM
Hi Dave,

I would be very interested in the scans of the prop plan as well.

I was asked to volunteer, at the local aviation museum, to make two display props. I have carved smaller examples in the past but would like to make sure I'm on the right track. With the cost of hard wood being what it is I can't afford to make an error.

I would be more than happy to convert / re-draw the plan in corel, DXF or PDF format and post it back if that would help

Here is a link to the museum page

Thanks,
Bill

Dave
08-23-2006, 01:41 PM
I'll be back at my house in a few days and get to work on scanning it and then either emailing or regular mailing it to you. There are quite a few requests for this kind of drawing and not much available anywhere I've found, so it would be worthwhile getting something published on the web.

rsloop
08-23-2006, 11:21 PM
Chall,

I have a file of SPAD propeller photos if that helps your project. Let me know where to send them

RSloop
rsloop@gmail.com

ec121connie
09-11-2006, 11:05 AM
Hi Dave,

I have the four footer, for the museum, about half done. I'm just winging it but the shape and twist appear to be visually correct. Since this prop is for display only I just have to get it close.

Any progress with the scans yet? I'll draw the plans in vector format as soon as I get a look at your scans. Usable templates might be a help to the folks.

Regards,
Bill

Dave
09-11-2006, 12:58 PM
I tried to copy them on our office copier but I think they are too long for the copier. I might just try to photograph them on a copy stand and send you the images.

ec121connie
10-05-2006, 09:33 AM
Hi Dave,

I was able to carve the prop for the museum display using a profile drawing that I sketched and a lot of time with hand planes and a rasp. Actually came out rather nice.

Here is a link to a photo
http://www.woodcentral.com/content/vpix_main/pic291581.jpg

If that one doesn't work here is a backup.
http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/messages.pl?read=291581

If you ever get the copies of the plans let me know. I'll re-draw them.

Regards,
Bill

chall2
12-02-2006, 08:47 PM
Howdy,
I'm kind of new to this forum. I was wondering if anybody had any plans for a Airco DH1. I was planning on building one for a competition.
- :?: Cal

Dave
12-04-2006, 02:57 PM
I was wondering if anybody had any plans for a Airco DH1. I was planning on building one for a competition.

The whole plane or just the propeller?

chall2
12-05-2006, 09:27 AM
Howdy,
sorry i was unclear about that i just meant the propeller.
Cal

Dave
12-05-2006, 11:54 AM
I don't have drawings for it (and actual blueprints for these seem to be very hard to find), but I do have an actual DH1 propeller. http://www.woodenpropeller.com/DH1m.JPG

DUKE
11-27-2007, 08:19 PM
Howdy,
New to the forum, seems really great. I see all the posts in this thread are rather dated now, jsut wondering if anyone has a propeller plan ?

I would like to carve one as a gift for someone, and need a blueprint. I am open to most any vintage prop design.

I have found a few older pics of propeller construction - I see that variously shaped layers of wood are laminated together (in exact positions) to give the 'rough shape' of the propeller, and then the carving/shaping begins.

Does anyone have patterns for those 'layers' of wood ?

thanks, any input is appreciated.

rcfanuk
11-30-2007, 10:54 AM
Hi I'm also new to the forum and am looking for details or sections on the Axial propeller as used on the Albatros DIII, as I need to create a scale prop for a 1/3rd scale flying model. Could someone also enlighten me as to what wood these were made of, I have seen mahogany mentioned but how does this account for obvious light/dark laminations on photographs.

Thanks
Steve

Bob Gardner
11-30-2007, 11:21 AM
Hi Steve,

Germany used a mixture of imported woods such as mahogany and native woods such as elm for their props. Mahogany and elm gives the striated look. Also native European walnut was used with ash and elm. Some props were made of pine; Rahtjen for example.

With regards,

Bob

rcfanuk
11-30-2007, 11:34 AM
Bob, many thanks, just need to find some plans now, also any thoughts on a timber supplier, the prop will be about 36" and I believe 7 laminations

Steve

DUKE
12-13-2007, 12:44 AM
So anybody have any blueprints, even recmnd a book which has a few? I cant find anything anywhere.

Bob Gardner
12-13-2007, 06:41 AM
Hi Duke,

I don't think they exist anywhere. I have never heard of any in my researches. If you come across any, please get a copy for me as well !

With regards,

Bob

Bob Gardner
12-13-2007, 06:47 AM
Steve,

A belated thought. I can send you photographs of a few Axial props if that would help, although none are from a DIII. Also, I have several photographs of Axial decals. These were silver and black. The silver gradually became lighter with age so that modern reproductions often portray them as black and white.

With regards,

Bob

DUKE
12-13-2007, 05:24 PM
Will do. I'll keep looking, Im thinking maybe some really old aviation books ?

Thanks.

rcfanuk
12-19-2007, 06:19 AM
Steve,

A belated thought. I can send you photographs of a few Axial props if that would help, although none are from a DIII. Also, I have several photographs of Axial decals. These were silver and black. The silver gradually became lighter with age so that modern reproductions often portray them as black and white.

With regards,

Bob

Thanks Bob, I would be grateful, I'll pm you my email address

Steve

karthikeyan M
07-12-2016, 10:51 PM
Hi Dave,

I was able to carve the prop for the museum display using a profile drawing that I sketched and a lot of time with hand planes and a rasp. Actually came out rather nice.

Here is a link to a photo
http://www.woodcentral.com/content/vpix_main/pic291581.jpg

If that one doesn't work here is a backup.
http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/messages.pl?read=291581

If you ever get the copies of the plans let me know. I'll re-draw them.

Regards,
Bill

Hi Bill,
I need to make one wooden propeller for my college project. can you send me few cross sectional images or PDF to take a print out ?

Thanks
Karthi
karthihss@gmail.com

karthikeyan M
07-12-2016, 10:52 PM
Steve,

A belated thought. I can send you photographs of a few Axial props if that would help, although none are from a DIII. Also, I have several photographs of Axial decals. These were silver and black. The silver gradually became lighter with age so that modern reproductions often portray them as black and white.

With regards,

Bob

Hi Bob,
I need to make one wooden propeller for my college project. can you send me few cross sectional images or PDF to take a print out ?

Thanks
Karthi
karthihss@gmail.com