Red Race Car

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Project by JohnGreco posted 01-14-2010 05:59 PM 1950 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Red race car I made for my sister in law. The body is Padauk, with Holly and Ebony inlays and finished with 3 coats of tung oil. The eyebrow is a separate piece of Padauk that runs across the rest of the grain of the car to help it stand out a bit. Ran into a lot of trouble with the Padauk bleeding over into the Holly (and even the Ebony a little bit, for that matter), so I wound up taping off the Holly and finishing that after the rest of the car was done.

I set the car in the sun for a few hours before oiling to bring it from that freshly cut orange to the deep red patina you see here. Thanks for looking :)

-- John

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 06:54 PM


-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 07:24 PM

Looks like Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars. Ka-Chow!

Sorry, I have two young boys… and that movie is awesome! :)

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 08:43 PM

I agree with Jason, looks very familiar and that movie was great!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 09:02 PM

Thanks! My sister in law was a big fan of the movie as well, which inspired this gift.

-- John

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 10:42 PM

You’re right, it was a great movie. It’s a great lookin car also!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 11:02 PM

NOW that is a great project. i love it. now maybe the wrecker. he he he


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#7 posted 01-14-2010 11:20 PM

It reminds me of the movie Cars ;p Pretty cool

-- Jess

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 01:43 AM

That is just too cool! I got to try this one for my grandson. Can you tell us about the wheels/axles?

Really nice work!

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 02:35 AM

Thanks :) The wheels are mag-style Rubbariders from Rockler and come 4 in a pack. Also, I found the best way to make the eye pupils was to use a plug cutter (I used 1/4”).

-- John

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 02:18 AM

Thanks John, I’ll check with Rockler and get some of those wheels with my next order. That looks like a fun little project.

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 06:58 PM

Neat! I have a grandson that would love something similar. Since Grandpa loves Mater, I see a project in the works. If I’m lyin’, I’m Dyin’!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 01-16-2010 07:05 PM

fun project. good job.


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#13 posted 06-29-2010 07:47 PM

LOL I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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