Mother and Daughter - Crayon Truck #3: Roughing it

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 06-19-2014 09:33 PM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Our spell of After Dinner Woodworking tonight was mostly about where to hang the future rope ladder she wants to be her next project. Which tree was perfect – and of course you know the rope ladder is just the way to get up to a treehouse (which we don’t have so you can see project number four coming down the pike…)

ANYWAY, we did eventually work on the truck. I have mostly roughed out the cab (very rough, what a terrible saw I have, wobble wobble wobble) and we both enjoyed putting the rough cab next to the more finished trailer and decorating it with the wheels. Ah, the wheels. I have an axle problem. My axle dowels are 1/4”. You are clever readers and will instantly perceive that I live in a metric country and 1/4” drill bits are nowhere to be found. I supposed that 1/4 dowels were nowhere to be found either, but obviously that was not true. The wheels I got from the local craft store (not having a lathe!) have small holes in the centre, maybe a screw with a smooth top will work as an axle… But it doesn’t help the dowel bit that’s meant to pin the two things together. Hmmmm.

Tomorrow is Midsummer’s Eve, a big holiday here. It’s now 11:33pm and the sky is still a bit light, not light enough to read but light. Happy Midsummer all you woodworkers.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 12:28 AM

Happy Midsummer’s Eve to you!

As far as the dowel goes, if the tire hole isn’t too much smaller than the dowel, you could chuck the dowel into your drill press, or portable drill, and sand it to fit. Kind of a “quick and dirty” solution, but can make do in a pinch.

Of course, you could always go to the store and get the correct size metric dowel, but that would be too easy! Sometimes it’s more fun making it yourself!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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