Friday, September 13, 2019

How to make a wooden toy car - Woodturning

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In this video I make a minimalistic toy car, out of iroko and basswood.  This is a cool example of using the woodworking lathe to make toys. 

I begun with a square piece of iroko wood, on which I marked a few guide lines. I then moved on to the drill press and drilled the holes for the wheels. I used a forstner bit to create the seat for the driver. It was much easier to make the holes on square stock. After turning it would have beed much more difficult. 

I then roughed turned the stock with a roughing gouge. I created a dovetailed tenon with a skew chisel to fit my chuck. I then finished shaping the piece with the skew. I sanded the piece and finished it with polishing paste. I cleaned the back using a sanding adapter on the lathe. 

I then cut a piece of basswood to create the driver. I used the skew to shape him. Basswood and iroko create a nice contrast with each other. I then glued the driver in place.

To make the wheels I used my callipers to make my marks, so I can make them all the same. I used the skew and sand paper to shape them. I then I added a drill chuck on my tailstock and drilled the holes. I used the knife parting tool to cut them off and then sanded them. 

But I had a problem. The wheels were to small and the belly of the car touched the ground. I decided to make the back wheels a bit larger to solve the problem. But I did not have so thick material. So I turned the back wheels side grain. This created a bit of visual difference between the front and back wheels, but I was ok with that.  

The axles of my car are just 10mm dowels. The holes on the body of the car are 12mm. I glued the axles in place, trimmed them with a saw and sanded them flush.

I finished the car with mineral oil. 

My little car came out awesome. I hope you liked this one, because that was it, see you soon with a new project video!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Making a cone out of apricot wood and resin - woodturning

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In this video a make this decorative basic form out of epoxy resin and  apricot wood. 

As a mold for my casting I used a plastic biscuit box. 

I used my axe to split and shape a piece of apricot wood. 

Then I secured the wood into the mold, so it could not float in resin.

I then mixed my resin. I also coloured my resin with a tiny bit of red and green resin dye. It was still transparent but with a kind of pinkish colour. 

I then degassed the rein in the vacuum chamber. I poured the resin into the mold, and then I degassed it again. 

When the resin was fully cured, I cleared one edge of the blank on the table saw and mounted it on the lathe with a screw chuck. Before that I drilled a pilot hole on my drill press.

I turned the piece true with a scraper and then used a flat chisel to create a tenon for my chuck. I then mounted the cone on the chuck and finished shaping with a round scraper and a flat chisel. I then used the knife tool to establish the bottom of my cone. 

I sanded the cone with 100, 220 and 320 grit. At 400 grit I started wet sanding until 1000 grit. I then used my micro mesh sanding pads. Finally I used my buffing wheels to polish the cone. 

I then cut the piece off the chuck. Using a sanding adapter I sanded the bottom. I used a sandpaper cleaner to keep my sandpaper dust free. Then I polished the bottom as well.

My cone came out great and I was really happy with the colour I got in the end.

Anyway, I hope you liked this project because that was it. See you soon with a new project video.

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