|Project by USCJeff||posted 12-12-2011 04:18 AM||2667 views||5 times favorited||4 comments|
I have a tight budget this holiday season, who am I kidding, it’s tight every holiday season. Anyways, here’s how the weekend was spent.
I’ll start with the pen. I’ve turned more of these than I can count over the last 4 years or so but it’s been about a year since I’ve done one. I had a couple of kits still in hand and decided to reprise the pen making routine. Nothing unique or noteworthy in the process on this one but I do like the finished look. The wood is a Rosewood variant. The kit is either a 7mm twist pen Chrome or Platinum Kit. Never can tell the difference and it wasn’t in it’s original bag.
The car was fun. I went to a Renaissance festival not too long ago in Charlotte and a vendor was selling these for about $20. Took a picture of it and gave it a shot. The body is standard cheap pine from a 2X4. The wheels driver and steering wheel are hardwood. The axles are craft dowels. Shaping wasn’t too tough. Cut to size using a table saw. Made it angular free hand on the band saw and cleaned that up on a stationary sander. Sanded the contoured nose on the sander as well. I used a round-over scratch stock I recently made to soften the edges. Pine doesn’t work as well as hardwood with the scratch stock but it cleaned up with light sanding. The wheels were created on a drill press using hole saws without guide bits. The larger rear wheels are 2.5 inches. The driver and steering wheel were turned on a lathe at the same time and cut apart. They’re glued into drilled wholes in the body. There’s a vertical dowel with a small notch to hold the rubberband as it’s coiling. I didn’t have a large enough rubberband so I linked a couple together to test it. One end hooks on the steering wheel. The other coils tightly by reversing the rear wheels. The rear wheels have rubberband treads for traction. Primed it well since it’s pine and used craft paint. Spray poly for a glossier look. Got a 4 year old that will have fun with it.
-- Jeff, South Carolina