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Christmas Gifts #2: Toy Machine Shed 2017 In Progress

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Blog entry by HandyHousewife posted 12-12-2017 09:02 PM 541 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Toy Machine Shed 2017 Planning/Brainstorming Part 2 of Christmas Gifts series Part 3: Finished Toy Machine Shed! Christmas 2017 »

After a few hiccups (including a very minor kickback accident—I’m OK, but it definitely hurt!) the toy machine shed is starting to come together. My husband cut out the tricky bits on the bandsaw while I did the sanding on the other parts. Last post someone shared a link with dollhouse parts, and whew! I’m glad I’m not making a dollhouse, my skills/time/patience aren’t to that level. ;-)

We had to make some minor changes, mainly due to the types of plywood I could find. I kind of wish I’d have gone to the local lumberyard to see if their quality was any better than the 1/4 sheet goods I found at the local Orange box store, I had to do a fair amount of filling to make the stuff look good, and it wasn’t even that cheap!! I also learned that I should get a different blade for cutting plywood. The one I had made a big mess of the underside, that I also got to fill and sand. Thankfully, this is for a toy that will likely see a lot of use by a kid who isn’t super picky, so he probably won’t even notice that it’s not perfect. It’s also going to get painted, so at least all the filling won’t show!

The only thing I have left to cut is the trim pieces, and I’m not sure how to go about that. I got a piece of poplar that is about 1/4” thick and 6” x 24”, and I want the trim to be thin slivers (1/8”?) so that the 1/4” is the width of the trim and the 1/8” the thickness. I have a bandsaw (that doesn’t have a fence) and a table saw, and I think the table saw is my best bet, but I don’t know for sure which side of the blade needs the piece I want to keep. It seems like I should do it on the offcut side instead of up against the fence. Is this correct? Or would I be better off to rig up some sort of fence for the bandsaw?

And, I found some of those little strips of LED lights and a battery pack to stick to the roof, hopefully they won’t be too blinding. My son has one of those snap electric kits that he’s always using in his cardboard boxes to make “lights”, which is what gave me the idea.

And don’t worry, there will be pictures…eventually. ;-)

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)



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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 02:49 PM

Pictures would be nice. On plywood if you use masking tape on the underside cut line you can reduce the break out to almost zero. You can clamp a board to the bandsaw table for a fence that is the safer way to cut the trim pieces.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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HandyHousewife

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 10:16 PM



Pictures would be nice. On plywood if you use masking tape on the underside cut line you can reduce the break out to almost zero. You can clamp a board to the bandsaw table for a fence that is the safer way to cut the trim pieces.

- johnstoneb

Thanks! I never thought about using tape, definitely going to give that a try next time! Sorry about the lack of pictures, my phone and my computer seem to hate each other lately, so pulling pictures off is a chore. Because of that I’ve been taking them as we go and planning to suck it up and pull them off at the end.

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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