Toy Trucks Build #3: Engine Compartment Milling

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Blog entry by HerbC posted 02-18-2014 05:29 AM 2432 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I managed to squeeze in a little shop time today and began by using my Craftsman 113 series contractor table saw to rip a piece of sycamore to rough width and resawed it rough thickness for the engine compartment pieces. As you can see in this photo, I’m using a 2×4 and a couple of clamps as a rip fence. What can I say, I got the saw for $35…

I used my planer to mill the piece of sycamore to the final width and thickness. No pictures of that process today.

Next I used the camfer bit in the router to put a 3/8” camfer on the top two edges of the stock.

Here I’m checking to see what a good job this bit does cutting the camfers.

I set up a stop block on the table saw sled and cut the engine compartment pieces to the final length.

Here’s a photo of a completed engine compartment piece, ready to be sanded and assembled.

The engine compartment piece will be glued to the main chassis, as shown in this photo:

Today’s efforts produced six engine compartment pieces. I only need four for the chassis I have cut but I’ll put the extras away for the next time I make one of these trucks.

I also resawed some sycamore and some SYP and planed it down to the thickness required for various cab parts.

Thanks for looking in on this ongoing projects.

Ya’ll be careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 11:45 AM

...keep on Truckin’

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 12:36 PM

Thanks for the encouragement GrandpaLen.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 07:08 PM

Herb, thanks so much for breaking a plan like this down and showing how to achieve each step. Wish there was some videos showing this. It could really add any little steps missed in a written blog.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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