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Blog series by htl updated 01-30-2018 09:49 PM 9 parts 28207 reads 87 comments total

Part 1: Showing how I plan out a scratch built model

01-15-2018 07:00 PM by htl | 15 comments »

Planing a scratch build model car. After building Dutchy’s VW Bus [truck] I got it in my head to build the VW Thing which has all square side panels so should be a great first model build for those wanting to try wooden model building with limited tools..Having already build a Toys and Joys project or other models will be a plus as you will already have an understanding of how plans printed in full size can be used to build a model. I know there are artists that can draw their ow...

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Part 2: Using the plans to figure out the frame.

01-15-2018 09:00 PM by htl | 11 comments »

Now to use the the plans we printed out.First I print out the top pictures both front and back as again the printer is not wide enough to do it all at once.Then we have to figure out what in the picture is not needed to find our base or frame.The fenders and bumpers can all be cut away. Now how thick are the sides going to be? 1/4-3/8It would be nice to go thin but if you want a good glue joint and you want to do much shaping [rounding of the edges] it needs to be thicker.I’m going w...

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Part 3: Using the plans to make parts and preparing wood

01-20-2018 02:14 AM by htl | 4 comments »

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 ca...

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Part 4: The Thing Gluing up the sides

01-20-2018 11:52 PM by htl | 6 comments »

It’s now time for some fun after sanding all the parts especially the inside parts that I won’t be able to get the sander at later on.So thought the dash board partition should come next plus one for the fire wall in the back but after I got them glued in and go to looking at it, the back partition is to tall so off the the band saw to shorten it with out taking it out.Then it hit me I still needed to cut out for the wheel wells. [If I wasn’t going for the larger tires I ...

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Part 5: Thing front wheel well and back closed in.

01-22-2018 12:11 AM by htl | 7 comments »

Need to take advantage of these nice warm days 65 wow!Got started on the front wheel wells and thought I took more pictures, but once you get in the grove it’s hard to stop and take them. Then I needed to get the front all matched up so I can add the grill what little there is of it.Shop Smith 12” disk sander to the rescue.I did the same for the back so everything stays squared up.Inca square to keep it strait and table saw fence to keep it from moving as I push the sanding dis...

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Part 6: Need some seats

01-24-2018 11:32 PM by htl | 15 comments »

Figuring out the fenders, and playing with some doors, was fun I think? Then we need some seats.Thought they would be easy but took 5 hours, well I guess I should add the steering wheel and dash to those hour’s. And a dash board.

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Part 7: Working on the roof

01-27-2018 12:26 AM by htl | 12 comments »

Got started on the roof. I cut the parts a little big glue them up and then sand them to match, and Sand,Sand,Sand,Sand,Sand,Sand,Sand,Sand, and sand some more. Sorry Ducky but it’s true!!! Here I’m getting ready to shape the roof and as you can see there’s a pattern I cut off the side plan and glued up with some stick glue. [some use the spray on glue but I never liked it as it gets all over everything. The roof is so big and thin I super glue or hot...

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Part 8: Finish up the roof - start on wheels

01-29-2018 12:40 AM by htl | 14 comments »

Sand sand sand!!! Then saw saw saw!!!

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Part 9: Got some wheels made

01-30-2018 09:49 PM by htl | 3 comments »

The treads I made on the last post were just to big so sanded down one set and retreaded them. Now these are the right size. And here’s how I cut the wood down for my wheels.I cut the board just a tad over size 2 3/4” then rip on the table saw using a rip blade that came with the saw and it does a pretty smooth job of it. The project page is here.

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