For my main project I plan to make a vintage propeller from wood planks. The reason I want to do this is because I love all things aviation, and propellers are timeless symbols of flight.
In order to accomplish this I plan on following the rough plan outlined in the image below.
I decided that I would like to use ash wood because of grains found throughout the wood. The aesthetic the grains bring to the prop is beautiful and adds lots of character to the project.
The remaining steps involve shaping the wood to the final product. I do not have a lot of experience with woodworking, so this will be the most challenging part of the project for me. Cutting the ash board in half and gluing the pieces together is straightforward, but the rest will be a learning experience for me. I plan on using a band-saw to make the general form of the propeller, then sanding to create the final shape I want. This will involve a lot of eyeballing, as the curvature of the blade is complex and ever-changing.
After I am satisfied with the shape of the propeller, I plan to stain the wood and paint the tips. My initial vision is to have the Tips painted Air Force blue with a silver band to pay homage to the United States Air Force.
I am still undecided about what movement I would like to incorporate into this project. I have thought about making the prop a static display, have it spin freely or have a motor spin the blade. Currently I am leaning towards attaching the blade to a wall mount and having it free to spin but this may change as time progresses.
Seamster. “Make a Wooden Propeller.” Instructables, www.instructables.com/id/Desktop-Fidget-Spinner/.