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Project by RickRogers7 posted 04-09-2010 12:38 AM 2345 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi this is my first attempt at model building. I used to drive a 1973 Beetle and thought it would be fun to make one out of wood. I used walnut, poplar and some brass sheet for the headlights. Lots of curved pieces so I got to run my bandsaw quite I bit. The tires started as circles cut on the bandsaw. If I were to do this again I think it would be more fun to do the tires and axles on the lathe. Not sure when but I think it would be fun to revisit this one with some different color and species of woods.





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Jordan

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#1 posted 04-09-2010 01:15 AM

Very very neat! Nice detailing!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#2 posted 04-09-2010 01:58 AM

I love it! Did you have a plan to build from?

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#3 posted 04-09-2010 02:46 AM

That’s one cool Beetle.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 04-09-2010 10:46 AM

That is a beautiful. I love it.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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#5 posted 04-09-2010 12:00 PM

Nice “BUG”. You are right, different wood on the same project will create a total different look. Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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hunter71

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#6 posted 04-09-2010 01:14 PM

Lots of round surfaces for a first time try. Nice job, I think I will put you on my list of toy makers. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 02:19 PM

very nice, a lot of work

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#8 posted 04-09-2010 02:42 PM

That is very cool. I often wanted to make a full size one out of wood!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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canadianchips

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#9 posted 04-09-2010 10:28 PM

My first one was a1956, I drive a 1998 now.
Yours looks better than both the ones we have.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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RickRogers7

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 03:39 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. It was a fun project made according from plans I had found online. Now I need to figure out what I can make from my scraps :)

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ND2ELK

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 02:25 AM

Looks Great! You did a beautiful job on this. Great detail and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 04-16-2010 09:05 PM

hi lovely beetle looks great can you tell me how you make the wheels in two diffrent woods thanks

-- robert dignam

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#13 posted 04-17-2010 04:45 PM

Hi Bobmsn58. I started by making a walnut donut. I used a forstner bit to cut the inner diameter of the holes in a walnut blank. Then I used a bandsaw to cut the outer diameter if the donut. I use my disk sander to chamfer the outer diameter. The hub is a poplar disk. I glued my pattern to a poplar blank, then drilled the axle hole and the radial holes that make it look like a hub. Used by bandsaw to cut the OD of the hub. (Slightly oversize). Then sanded it so it would fit inside the walnut donut. After the fit was pretty good I used my disk sander to chamfer the OD of the hub. Then I glued the hub inside the walnut donut. Next time around I may try making these on my lathe. Thanks for looking and let me know if you have anymore questions.

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bobman58

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#14 posted 04-18-2010 04:16 PM

rick thanks for the very detailed reply ,do you have a pattern for the hub or did you make your own thanks bobman58

-- robert dignam

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 02-28-2011 05:01 AM

That is very cool and such nice detail. That will be a real collectors item!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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