An Aeronautical Mechanic's Wall Hanger

Introduction: An Aeronautical Mechanic's Wall Hanger

About: I'm an Engineer and a Maker, who believes that "DIY" is a way of life and "Open Source" is the way to go. Sharing promotes innovation!

This is a cool-looking and easy to make wall hanger that will cause an impression, especially if you are into mechanical stuff.

I work in the Air Force and we recently had to reject a number of Fuel Nozzles from our P-3's engines. They would typically be thrown away for scrap, but I thought they would be great to use as "aero/mechanical themed" coat hangers for my department.
I shared the idea with my colleagues and they too thought it would be a nice touch in the office.

With that in mind, I selected a few of the nozzles and, when I finally got a day off, I put myself to work.

Not only it turned out as a nice looking wall hanger, but It was also pretty cheap (assuming you could also find some fuel nozzles).

For this project I had to buy:
- 1 wood board (120x12mm, 1 meter long)
- 1 long wood piece (20x10mm, 1,5 meters long)
- 16 steel bolts, nuts and rings (6mm in diameter)
- 2 brass hanging pieces
- 1 roll of thin foam (to save money, I bought a foam roll for exercising at a local shop. Just €3 and only a small part was used)

I also used, for the cover, a bit of nappa that I had lying around.

So all in all, I reckon I spent less than €10.

Step 1: The Fuel Nozzles and the Project

Here you can see a Fuel Nozzle in detail.

Thank's to it's design, it was pretty easy to employ it as a hanger.

Using 4 nozzles and after a google search for wall hangers to get a feel for the proportions, I did the project's draft.

Step 2: The Board

Using the 120x12mm profile wood board, I cut it to the intended length (0,5 meters).

Using a cranial drill, making the hole to fit the fuel intake of the nozzle was straightforward. After a fit check, each group of 4 holes for the bolts was drilled.

To give a more round and nice feel, I decided to put a layer of thin foam in the front, where the nozzle will sit. A hot glue gun to hold the foam in place and a cuting blade to cut out the holes did the trick.

Since the fuel intakes and the bolts will stick out in the back, I made a frame using the 12x10mm wood and nailed it to the back of the board.

Finally, the board was covered with nappa for a perfect touch. With the blade I then made some cuts to allow the nozzles to be mounted on top of the nappa.

Step 3: Final Assembly

To finish it up, I just bolted each nozzle as seen in the picture.

To hang the hanger (pun intended), I just attached two brass hangers in such a way that they will be hidden when the hanger is in the wall.

That's it. Hope you enjoy!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool project ! I love theese rejected material projects. if you are trained you can find incrdible useful materials any ware. There's an incredible amount of out of warranty brand new devices or not conventionally repairables of any sort just for nothing or less.
    What about using free polistyrene foam vegetables trays instead of buying training foam mat for the next wall hanger.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with you. There are tons of stuff out there that most people consider garbage, but that are precious things that can be reused and/or hacked.
    Regarding the vegetable trays for the wall hanger, I think that's a good idea. I just used the foam mat because it was the first thing I came across with.