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Project by Tony Slattery posted 06-15-2015 06:04 AM 895 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of a collection of free toy car plans available from WoodworkingDownUnder.com

For anyone who may be interested, here is a blog entry on how it was made.

The body is made up of a 12mm maple sandwich with 19mm pine being the “bread” The fenders are recycled from a barbecue, not sure what it is.

Homemade wheels painted with food coloring, made black by mixing all the colors together – a trick I learned in art school quite by accident.

Notice how the grain in the pine forms a vee in the front, inspired by the late great James Krenov.

The flutes or fluting to represent the flames were made with a 13mm drill somewhat in the manner of the Kreg pocket drill jig.

-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/





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#1 posted 06-15-2015 06:26 AM

I like the combination of colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 09:01 AM

Cute project. If the parts were cut out for them, Little kids could have fun sanding the parts and with a little help from mom or dad, glue them together. A great way to get them started woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 03:39 PM

That is really cool…..thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 06:11 PM

AS a toymaker; do like this project!

Nice work!

The food coloring trick I will use sometime. I am sure!

-- just rjR

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#5 posted 06-15-2015 08:10 PM

That is very cool!
You got the proportions just right!

-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 10:17 PM


The food coloring trick I will use sometime. I am sure!

Although food colouring is safe, it does not last too long and is not waterproof.

I do believe that food safe mineral based stains that are used by people making wooden bowls and the like result in vibrant long lasting colours that allow the grain to show.

U-Beaut has a range of non toxic water based stains, also a link to international distributors

I use food colouring for my prototypes, not for resale.

-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 08:25 PM

na na na na na na na BATMAN na na na na na na BATMAN

hee hee way kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 10:15 PM

Tony

I for one am interested in how you obtained the black from the U Beaut dyes, are you going to add the method to the blog?

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 06-18-2015 12:05 AM



Tony

I for one am interested in how you obtained the black from the U Beaut dyes, are you going to add the method to the blog?

- robscastle

Hi Robert

There seems to be a small misunderstanding – the black colour was obtained by mixing the food dyes, not the U Beaut dyes, although I am pretty sure that would work.

Perhaps try it with very small amounts. The worst that can happen is it comes out a muddy brown.

My very limited experience at art school was that the quality of results of mixing paint depended very much on the quality (and price) of the paints. For example, mixing yellow and blue would produce a green colour, but would it be a nice green?

I see there is a black green in the range. I would try mixing that with red and blue.

Mixing red and blue on their own should produce a purple colour. I have a feeling that adding yellow to that mix would really mess it up and maybe turn it black. If it only goes brown (quite likely) try adding a bit of green.

Good luck with the experiment if you do try it, please let us know.

Cheers, Tony

-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/

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