Awana Grand Prix #4: Wheels, axles and wheight

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 11-16-2010 02:40 AM 5419 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Working the block of wood & wheel positioning Part 4 of Awana Grand Prix series Part 5: Another year went by, 2011 »

Here we are getting to an other part where the dad determines the success of the outcome of the race for your child. We need to look at the weight. It can not go over 5 oz. So I get out my postal scale and get it as close as possible.

Sorry about the tung, this kid takes after his dad.

I had to drill out some cars, others needed a lot of pennies added. (This is cutting into the grocery bill)

I could use a good October beer at this point. 24 wheels. First I would clean the riding surface, that meets the track with a utility knife. Than take the sharp corners off and polish it up with 1500 grit sand paper.

This is the setup I use to clean the axles and wheels. I use the poor man’s vice on my workbench, so I can work closer to the object.

I take a small file and clean the corner of the axle and make the head a little smaller to reduce friction. Than I continue to get rid of the scratches and imperfections by using first 320 grit, 600 grit and 1500 grit. Than polish it off with a polish.

Here an update on the painting of the colorful bunch of cars. I thought you want to know.

Thanks for checking it out and all your wonderful notes.

Be well, Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 05:08 AM

AWANA Grand Prix is a ton of fun. I really look forward to helping my children make their cars. I usually do all the woodworking and leave the finishing up to them. You probably have that same experience. Looks like they turned out real nice. I love the unique designs. They all look like winners to me. Have fun. :)

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 11:09 AM

I think you all made a wonderful job there.
My favorite must be the catapult car, it’s full of wonderful madness.
But they are all so fine.
Have a nice race,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 04:47 PM

Thanks Mads, Wednesday is check-in and Friday evening the race. It was quite the adventure in my shop.
Nobuckle, The kids do most of the work themselves, from design to the shaping of the block. Al I do it wheels and axles, and even that I would like to pass on to them. They do look over my shoulder and learn every time a little more. They learn respect for the tools. We count all fingers and I will ask them which ones they want to keep. And we do small safety trainings. Some day they need to be able to pass on the torch too.

Be well, Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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