P-3 Orion Propeller – The Wood Whisperer


From: John Barbee

Website: TheDawgHouseWoodworks.com

Location: Kailua, HI

Amateur or Pro: Amateur

Finish Used: Sanded using 180 grit. 1 coat of Tung Oil. 2 coats of clear satin, with a sanding in between. 2 coats of high gloss poly.

Wood Species: Walnut, Poplar, Mahogany, Cherry

Project Description:
This is my version of a P-3 Orion propeller. I am enlisted in the Navy and work on the P-3 and I have never come across anyone else who makes these. The propeller measures 3 foot from prop tip to prop tip. The blades are made from Walnut, Cherry, Poplar, and Mahogany. The blades are made from 8/4 stock and then cut down and sanded into final shape. The spinner is made of Walnut, and the dome is made of Poplar. The dome and spinner are both segmented pieces. It was built with bearings for the blades to turn but that didn’t turn out. It rotates by hand and can be completely disassembled.



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