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1931 Cadillac Roadster

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Project by KWBaughb posted 01-16-2021 05:04 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having completed a few of the T&J train models last year I thought I’d like to try one of their car models and picked the 1931 Cadillac Roadster to start with. Primarily made from Cherry and Maple, with the trunk being Spalted Beech. A fun build, but I found that it is really key to review the full scale plans carefully and walk through the “assembly” steps in your head or on paper to ensure you don’t get to a page that contains pieces that perhaps should have been thought about earlier.

I had also experimented with trying to ebonize the wheels and then inlay some holly to achieve the whitewall look, similar to another version of this model here on LumberJocks, but I found it impossible to do well enough with the limited range of tools I have at my disposal, so I went back to using the readily available ones (and at almost $10 CDN per wheel, I also couldn’t afford much more “experimenting”!). As it turned out, I’m quite happy with the look of the plain ones next to the cherry and maple.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."





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sras

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#1 posted 01-16-2021 05:15 PM

That looks excellent! I like the trunk! The working rumble seat is a fun feature too.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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PaulDoug

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#2 posted 01-16-2021 05:38 PM

Beautiful build… An awesome looking model.

You wrote about the tires… so I have to show what I am most proud of on the only model I have build… I made the “white wall” tires, rims, spokes, hubcaps and hubs on my little Delta lathe. The black tread is ebonized mahogany, whitewall – maple and the spokes, hubs and rest of white rosewood… I got them to fit to gather pretty good, if I may say so myself and I did it on all four wheels.. Doubt I could do it now in my older age…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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KWBaughb

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#3 posted 01-16-2021 06:42 PM



Beautiful build… An awesome looking model.

You wrote about the tires… so I have to show what I am most proud of on the only model I have build… I made the “white wall” tires, rims, spokes, hubcaps and hubs on my little Delta lathe. The black tread is ebonized mahogany, whitewall – maple and the spokes, hubs and rest of white rosewood… I got them to fit to gather pretty good, if I may say so myself and I did it on all four wheels.. Doubt I could do it now in my older age…

- PaulDoug

Thanks! And those are great wheels that you made. I don’t have a lathe but was trying to make do by using my dremel in a drill press setup plus a variety of jigs to control the chaos… not surprisingly, they didn’t turn out as nice as yours :-) With a workshop that is just 10’x7’ even a small lathe is sadly out of the question.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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Dutchy

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#4 posted 01-16-2021 06:46 PM

I can understand that you are happy with the final result. Very nice sir. Great wood combination.

Maybe you like:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/Dutchy/blog/129138

https://www.lumberjocks.com/Dutchy/blog/129139

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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drogsod

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#5 posted 01-16-2021 07:41 PM

Very nice work. That spalted beech trunk is really a nice added touch.

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KWBaughb

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#6 posted 01-16-2021 08:33 PM



I can understand that you are happy with the final result. Very nice sir. Great wood combination.

Maybe you like:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/Dutchy/blog/129138

https://www.lumberjocks.com/Dutchy/blog/129139

- Dutchy


Thanks Dutchy! And thanks for the links to your blog on making wheels… looks pretty straight forward so I may have to try it … once I find room for a small router and table :-)

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#7 posted 01-16-2021 08:35 PM



Very nice work. That spalted beech trunk is really a nice added touch.

- drogsod


Thanks! I had a small chunk of that beech lying around for years and finally found a use for its “leathery” appearance.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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Eric

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#8 posted 01-16-2021 08:48 PM

Beautiful build. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 01-16-2021 09:45 PM

AWESOME!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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GR8HUNTER

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#10 posted 01-16-2021 09:48 PM

i think you have captured the classic styling of this classic car very well nice wood choices GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 01-16-2021 10:42 PM

Great job KWB...

Though they may be wall flowers and too proud to step forward, when it comes to wheels, the first names that come to mind,

  • Grood (from Mesopotamia 3,500BC)... sorry, he’s not on the Internet.
  • Dutchy has put his clogs forward.
  • htl is hard to beat and has quite a number of wheel dedications.
  • And the dark horse Pjonesey if you want to ebonize (amongst other nefarious activity).

There are many more but those 4 stick out like canine’s …..

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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crowie

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#12 posted 01-17-2021 12:24 AM

Sir “I’m happy with how it turned out”
You’re a hard taskmaster, for my money it’s superb with beautiful detailing. Top marks from me!

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

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WoodyMO

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#13 posted 01-17-2021 02:13 AM

Looking for plans for a 1950’s woody wagon. Does anyone know where I can get a set?

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crowie

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#14 posted 01-17-2021 02:43 AM



Looking for plans for a 1950 s woody wagon. Does anyone know where I can get a set?

- WoodyMO

How about a 1948 Woody

https://toysandjoys.com/119-1948-woodie-station-wagon.html

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

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Calmudgeon

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#15 posted 01-17-2021 07:52 AM

Fantastic job. Great attention to detail.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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