Piston paperweight for grandson

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 07-04-2019 06:45 PM 1094 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is part wood, part metal. I’ve had this piston sitting in the basement for 20 or 30 years. It’s all that remains of an engine I thought I could rebuild. So, I thought I’d make something for a grandson’s birthday present. The wood parts are made of cherry. The “crankshaft” was turned on a lathe. The cams were cut out with a bandsaw, and shaped with a sander. I cut a piece of adhesive cork drawer liner for the face of the piston. It sits on a piece of 1/4” thick cherry. Shellac finish. Seems to have gone over pretty well. He likes “old stuff.”

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 07-04-2019 09:19 PM

Nice and maybe he will want to learn more about engines.

When my son was 12, I got an old 3 hp engine and helped my son take it apart and back together and it ran. He struggled a long time getting the piston back in. He is a software developer now but gained skills with the engine and appreciation for those that do that full time. He got real dirty doing the job but the satisfaction when it roared to life.

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#2 posted 07-05-2019 12:52 PM

That is a cool!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-06-2019 09:51 AM

Very cool project…realy something unususal.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 07-12-2019 06:57 PM

Been awhile since I have seen an actual piston. When I was a teenager, engine overhaul was a fact of
life and familiar, now with engines approaching a 300,000 mile lifetime and getting much more complicated
it is extremely rare. Thanks for the memories and sharing. It is a great project for someone who will enjoy

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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