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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 02:43 am
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David A Cherry
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looks good wherever I put it ..







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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 04:52 am
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Alex Rushing
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Sweet little resto, David!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 01:18 pm
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Geoff Dunaway
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 That looks so nice. Were the motor and the ornate footed base born together or was that a marriage ?  If so , they must have gone thru e-harmony  'cause they are a great match . :up:

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 02:31 pm
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That is some rare fan. Would you share how you came to acquire it, Dave?

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 06:05 pm
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David Kilnapp wrote: That is some rare fan. Would you share how you came to acquire it, Dave?
This is my story, and I'm sticking to it..

I purchased the fan motor off of eBay, then I found a blade and cut it down, then I later found an old clock base at an antique store that was missing everything but the feet, bought it for the feet.Later found a beautiful solid walnut cutting board for cheap, sliced up the cutting board into the perfect size base then mounted the feet, then mounted the motor with fan blade, then I had a friend roll me up a piece of 1/4 inch square brass 7 inches in diameter, then attached ring together with lap joint solder and pin..Then I ordered 2 mm brass rod off of eBay, made fixtures out of wooden dowels in vise to bend the 2 mm rod into the appropriate S shape with a lot of trial and error to get the right size, then equally spaced all the holes using a piece of string for the 10 wires, Center ring I made from the solid piece of brass on my lathe. after assembling it all,I wire brushed everything, cleaned with lacquer thinner attached 1/8 x 1/2 brass strut, with 50/50 solder then suspend it all in a bucket full of ammonia for 2 hours. after this,I shot it with some clear enamel, and mounted it on the motor. I brought it upstairs to show it to my wife and she said not now this is the best part of the show and I can't press pause.. later she said it looks nice. then the next morning the sun was coming through the window so I set it on my piano and took a picture, knowing she was going to say something about that I moved it over by the radio and took another picture, then posted it on the fan site.. so this is how I got the fan, you could say it's a marriage or you can say it's a complete abortion, but either way, I like it ...All total I have a bout $300 plus or minus, and the best part.. it kept me out of the kitchen..  

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 Posted: Sat Feb 8th, 2020 07:12 pm
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:clap:Beautiful job David. :clap:

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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 02:38 am
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That is a work of art David!

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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 04:15 pm
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I vote marriage.  Great job on the fan and the story!  I'm hoping my wife gets to the point one day where she is so tolerant and accepting of my acquisitions and the effort I put into them - receiving a compliment would be a stretch goal.  I still have times where I think I'm in the Jack and the Beanstalk story.  At least she doesn't toss my treasures out the window.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 06:16 pm
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Paul Seagle wrote: I vote marriage.  Great job on the fan and the story!  I'm hoping my wife gets to the point one day where she is so tolerant and accepting of my acquisitions and the effort I put into them - receiving a compliment would be a stretch goal.  I still have times where I think I'm in the Jack and the Beanstalk story.  At least she doesn't toss my treasures out the window.     Thank you, I enjoyed writing it.. they say insanity is when someone does the same thing something over and over again expecting a different outcome.. kind a like the house of representatives ....after realizing that this is a true statement, I made a few adjustments with my lovely bride, you noticed I didn't say wife, anyway she helps me find fans now...Just recently we were at Home Depot in front of a whole bunch of spray paint cans of different colors, and I said you know that little fan that you found, why don't you pick out the color you would like and I will paint the little guy for you, at that point I stood back and cross my fingers, after some close calls, she chose an off-white called almond,

then asked me if I could make the blades brass instead of steel, she said that she thought the brass would look really good with the white, I said it would be a pain, but I think you're really onto something, I will need to order some brass but I like your idea.. then I went on metals.com and ordered the 0.22 polished sheet brass, then when I started to drill out the rivets I ask her to help me so we did that together, anyway, The point is bring her into your fan world, good luck and happy fan collecting! 

FYI, I left out the part where my daughter suggested painting it pink and turning it into a hello Kitty fan.. I didn't want to get kicked out of the club.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 9th, 2020 06:43 pm
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Wonder where she got the idea?
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Great job David!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 12:57 am
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Sage advice.  That, and some special glasses that help her to see the diamond in the rough, and I'll be set.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 11th, 2020 11:17 am
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I like that, it turned out really nice. I have been wanting to make one ever since I saw this picture of a Levitt motor on a base years ago. Ever since then I have been on the lookout for a base I can use that matches the pictures. I have come up with some small cast iron legs & a few bases but all would need modifying to make it look like the picture. I really like the look of yours.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 04:01 am
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Chad Hunter wrote: Chad.. I kind of got the idea from that picture also... interesting that you posted it.. this would be pricey but you could go to your local machine shop with picture in hand and see if the guy would be willing to help you on his off hours.. cast iron machines very easily.. if you wind up doing this and getting a price pleasecontact me and maybe we can split the difference on making two of them...  that should keep cost down somewhat.. it is mostly about the tooling set up .. once the machine mills out one ,it just mills out another.  
I like that, it turned out really nice. I have been wanting to make one ever since I saw this picture of a Levitt motor on a base years ago. Ever since then I have been on the lookout for a base I can use that matches the pictures. I have come up with some small cast iron legs & a few bases but all would need modifying to make it look like the picture. I really like the look of yours.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 12th, 2020 05:12 am
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