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Toy costruction #71: Hummer working on the grill

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-01-2016 10:12 PM 1077 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s funny I already had the grill made and it still took me all day to get er done.
Here’s what I had done yesterday.

Here’s what it looks like this evening.

And here’s what happened in between.

I don’t have any head lights so made some up.
I was over at Hobby Lobby looking for some head lights and no joy but they did have some bowls that looked promising so lets see what we can come up with.

At the bottom of the second picture is the bowls but it needs a round center so took some hole plugs and sanded off the back and now have a nice round disk to glue in the bowl for the lite.

I glued one of the disks to the front and back and now have an old timey looking head light.

I think I’m going to use some of the disks for my other lights on the truck.
Here’s How they were made.

First drilled a hole with a bit just a tad bigger than the plug, ad a little saw dust to the bottom and put a plug in the hole face down.
Now sand the back of the disk till it’s got the flat back like you want it.
May need to turn the plug around a couple a times to get an even back.

So here’s what I got for my efforts.

Now I need to hollow it out behind the grill work.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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bruce317

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 10:30 PM

Bruce,
Great job, as always!

-- Bruce - Indiana

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Northwest29

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 11:53 PM

Looks great – that’s good thinking.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 07-02-2016 01:20 AM

Nice job. Like the concept of your customisable headlights.. It’s scope is endless and potential to mix timber types (or even stain the separate pieces) can lead to great affects.

I may be preaching to the converted, but as I was never afraid of repeating myself. Not sure if you have used a similar concept as I do for taking off the top axle pegs, but your ingenuity for bending the rules might reduce sanding time by using a reversed engineering principle. You just may have to work on a ”catchers mitt” for the flying top.





Now for something serious…..

After cutting out the holes for the grill, how the hell did you manage to paint them black????

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#4 posted 07-02-2016 02:33 AM

Ducky back up to the second, third and fourth pictures and look really close you can see a shadow in the grill.
I routed out about 3/8” behind the headlights and grill then stained it, wish now I would have routed it a little deeper and put some oak in there but hindsight is always 20-20.

I kind a used the same idea on the Mack truck headlight.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 03:15 AM

Had me worried… I thought you might have discovered how to keep the paint from falling out of the holes.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 07-02-2016 07:30 AM

That grill looks almost impossible to me. You did it. Nice lamp construction.

Thanks for your contribution.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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JoeinGa

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 11:30 AM

Nice job on the grille.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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htl

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#8 posted 07-02-2016 01:14 PM

Thanks guys I really didn’t mean to get the holes that close together but was trying to figure a way to make the grooves and saw it wasn’t going to work so this is what it ended up being.
I super glued the back to be sure it wouldn’t fall apart down the road.
I would think plywood would be stronger but how would you hide the edge?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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crowie

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#9 posted 07-03-2016 04:00 AM

Thank you again Bruce…
I enjoy the photos as they really help blokes like me see how things are done…Much appreciated sir!!

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

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