Making Wooden Model Plans #3: Using the plans to make parts and preparing wood

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Blog entry by htl posted 01-20-2018 02:14 AM 4450 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Using the plans to figure out the frame. Part 3 of Making Wooden Model Plans series Part 4: The Thing Gluing up the sides »

The first part of this is for the benefit of newer wood workers, and as always you may have a better way but just a quick way to get some wood ready.
I myself would rather make two passes with the table saw than make thick cuts but this is how I do it BUT do what is safe and comfortable for you your safety is at stake!!!

To prepare some wood for the sides I split some 3/4 poplar nearly in half using a 10” blade [one of the only time I use a 10” blade, this is the blade that came with the saw and cuts very smoothly]
The sides are less than 3” so no problem on the table saw. [Just using up scraps]
I split them by cutting half way throw 1 7/8” then flip it and cut the other part using a Zero clearance insert.

I now glue on the patterns I cut out the other day, with the same type stick glue.
Any straight cut I can make on the Table saw and Miter saw are now done.

Then over to the scroll saw and some times the band saw on thicker parts.

Here’s the blade I like to use for this, Ryobi has a mix set of blades that work for me.
I had a Harbor Freight scroll saw and it worked pretty good but died [I think I was tightening the blades to tight]
I don’t use one that much to put the big $$$ in one so next I’m trying the WEN scroll saw which is just like the HF but has a better blade tightening system that’s much faster. [It’s also cheaper]
It has a lever at the back instead of having to unscrew the blade.
The Ryobi is the same saw with a few extras but way more $$$

Now I need to figure out what the angle needs to be for the parts to fit .

The front needs 15 degree and the back 7 degrees.
This will be done on the disk sander with all the other parts being sanded straight and true.

Just a couple a hours in the shop to get a start on this THING.
The only measuring I did was to cut the wood to width for the sides and base all other cuts came off the printed plans on the wood.

One of the reasons I’m doing this blog is before I always gave some tips but their all over the place and I wanted them in a logical order to really help some with their building project.

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 11:21 AM

Bruce, Between Dutchy, Ducky and yourself who needs woodworking master classes for model making…

You three gents have made it so much easier for other with all your top tutorials, notes, drawings and photos..

WELL DONE on this part of the VW Thingo project…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 12:41 PM

Thanks for the blogs….I really enjoy reading and learning from them.

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#3 posted 01-20-2018 06:54 PM

Thanks. Great blog

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 01:51 PM

Great tutorial. Also fun to see your Shop Smith in action. Very useful machine!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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