|Project by crowie||posted 07-01-2013 05:14 AM||1316 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Wooden Toy Car thanks to Gary’s “Ode’ to Old Craftsman”... About 6 weeks ago I found a posting on Lumber Jocks as follows:
ode’ to a craftsmen – wooden toy car
First off, I won’t claim that this art work is may creation. I found this old car in a barn/sales shop in North Carolina. It was forgotten on the backside of shelf. The guy that was running the cash register said it was found along the Neuse River after a flood. Which had to be sometime ago. The first three photos are just the way I found it. The next three are after a heavy cleaning. The wheels look factory made, the axle extends out to the hubcap and looks like Maple. The rest of the body is Pine. One of the over-cuts for a window shows the marks of a very thin blade, maybe scroll saw. I had planned to clean the mud off and spray on a new finish. Now that I have seen it clean I think I will respect the “ode’ to a craftsmen long past” and keep it as is.
—GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can’t remember why…
I liked the fact that Gary had saved the toy and given credit to someone else, so I asked him for a few extra details on the old wooden car.
Well, long story short; Gary is a very generous and kind bloke who not only took a few extra photos for me but he did a sketch up drawing of the car which he emailed to me.
While what I’ve built is slightly different to the original it honours that original craftsman.
Here is what I’ve done; I’ve used some cyprus pine for the base & sides, merbau for the engine, boot & wheels, oregon for the seats. meranti for the roof, pine for the mudguards and some tassie oak dowel for the headlights, steering wheel is store bought…..
I’ve made some progress today putting the roof on, plus making and installing the headlights…..
The original photos from Gary are in the background of these two photos of today’s work…..
We had sunshine today after 8 days of rain…..Yea!!!
I’d already sanded the little car down and now with the sunshine she got 3 coats of clear polyurethane.
Thank you all for the encouragement… A HUGE “THANK YOU” to Gary W for his original post on LumberJocks and sharing the toy with me.
PS – I also put the car and thank you on an Aussie woodwork forum….
-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie