|Project by LittleBlackDuck||posted 05-30-2016 03:15 AM||1038 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
“Arty”, is instalment #3 of my foray into the wonders of T&J model construction (Articulated Tractor #95). The build itself was a regular orchestrations of draw, cut, sand, glue, curse, unglue, re-draw, re-cut, re-sand, re-glue, curse again, unglue again… I think you get the picture.
While building this model I thought to myself, something I regularly do as I cannot think to someone else, “Construction vehicles are driven by nuts and rather than build a wheel around an acorn, why not put a nut on the wheel , rather than on the drivers seat”… , it was a long thought. Then I forgot about it, till the next day.
After doing a Google search I discovered that nuts had 6 sides and concluded that even I could do that. I must admit I’ve seen a 4 kernel peanut but never one with 6 side. Bottom line, I finally found an exquisite set and I downloaded the plans for a hex nut and ventured forth into a nut building adventure.
I tried on the bandsaw and realised it was too big a machine (even after replacing the 1.5” band). Tried the table saw initially with a 1/8” kerf blade and then with a thin kerf blade and even a stacked dado… nope. The router was not much better. The scroll saw refused to do such small work. Why couldn’t nuts have 5 sides as it was always the last cut (the 6th.) that caused issues. Not wanting to sacrifice digits, limbs or even decapitation, I established that the answer did not lie in the workshop (no bed or hammock).
Having abandoned the idea, I was walking around the house… well actually in circles inside the house not around the circumference of the house as bushes and shrubbery would impede my progress. Suddenly something rolled onto the floor and under my laser, I yelled out “NUTS”… (though not too many people believe that part of the story… the language… or lack there off). Instantly, I slowly remembered my quest as I crawled under the laser and while searching, noticed some small nuts on the bottom of the machine and thought rather than dismantle the laser just to cannibalise a few small nuts, why not try to cut some on the laser. I designed some small 4mm nuts in Sketchup and the rest is history (just like everything else that happened in the past). I cut the nut, sanded it, mounted it on a spindle, drilled the rim and attached it to the wheel.
As I sat back and admired my creation, the wry smile slowly dissipated from my face as I started to realise that 1 nut on 1 wheel didn’t look that good and I would need another 4 or 5 to make up a circle of nuts (… PER WHEEL). The mind started to race and the adrenalin levels soar and I shifted into top gear.
After a good night’s sleep I finally made some nuts after getting inspiration from sprinkling almonds on my breakfast cereal. It did look a tad better and with the nuts the wheel were sure not to fall off.
For those of you saying “not fair”, laser is not woodworking… I agree that’s why I compromise and have it sitting on a wooden base… Furthermore, to emphasise my woodworking skills, I routed my name, address and phone number (including my mobile and my tag) on the bottom of each nut. Unfortunately no one can see this marvel of woodworking as I inadvertently carved it on the glue side of the nut which is hidden and the detail was far too small to immortalise on pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word for it… honest!
I’d say more about the actual build but I have run out of both time and I’m starting to have trouble reading my computer screen because of all the white-out on it that I used to corrected all my spelling mistakes for this article.
You may catch up on the addendum to this on my blog http://lumberjocks.com/LittleBlackDuck/blog/86746 .
Good night all, peasant dreams (or dream of fortune and riches).
How it all started and finished…
-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD