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Working with recycled timber #80: Model Raw materials prep

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-16-2017 02:43 AM 1156 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started work early this morning trying to beat the heat.

I ran my metal detector loop over the timber to ensure it had no metalic FO in it.
Next was a good wire brushing to remove crud build up.
Satisfied all was good to go I fed them into the thicknesser and followed up by edging them with the table saw.
I then ripped the damaged pieces with splits in them and ended up with a material stock list looking like this

Unfortunately there was only about six pieces of any practical use.

Wondering just what I could make with them it suddenly dawned on me I could make a model Potato crate!
I certainly had enough small pieces to do that.
A bit off the track of a toy model with wheels doors and any dynamic parts, but I decided to give it a go.

Here is what a full size Potato Crate looks like.

Its roughly a standard pallet 1160×1160 with four sides added and held together with 50mm angle.

Without having the ability to scale it I decided to make the base 150mm x 150mm and the side panels the same.

So I set up the table saw with the fence on the left side of the blade and fed all the smaller pieces through to make the actual boards, the base bearers I did much the same with but there was less of them and different dimensions obviously.

I had enough materials to make four model crates.
Ripping material that small required two push sticks and very careful operation of the saw as pinkies were very close to a manicuring.

Then it was a safer and simpler task of cutting them to length on the drop saw.

As luck would have it I still had the original pictures from when I first quoted to do the job back in 2013.
The boards are actually staggered end wise and alternated on the frame work

So I recut the boards so to match the shorter ones.

I then bagged up all the parts so I could keep track of what was doing

I then started on the crate bases.

I had planned on just brad nailing everyting together but my test run proved this to be not a good idea as although the brads were small they still split my test sample.

Pre drilling them all was out of the question as I could hardly see the drill bit let alone do any accurate repetition drilling, there are 8 x slats on the base and 28 x on the sides 3x bearers and 4x 45deg vertical posts.

So I resorted to just glueing them all together.

This is what I ended up with before the heat beat me.

They were a reasonable result and looked to be representative scale models

Not forgetting the odd bit of sanding to remove saw blade burn marks.

So I religated my model making to that of a simple model Box not a toy car as planned, a bit disapointing I guess but at least Big Al will be pleased!!

Its time for a re hydrate!

-- Regards Robert



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 12-16-2017 04:47 AM

Now Spud, all ya gotta do is grow some miniature potatoes before the 5th of Feb.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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CFrye

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#2 posted 12-16-2017 07:18 AM

Well, that was an unexpected turn! Now that you have all those mini pallets you need a mini forklift to move them. I’ve seen one done here on Lj’s…somewhere!
Edit: found one…
Click for details

-- God bless, Candy

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crowie

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 10:20 AM

Love the recycled timber Rob…top marks!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#4 posted 12-17-2017 12:10 AM

Alex:- still working on the significance of the 5th Feb, any hints?

Believe it or not I did try to grow potatoes and all I got for my gardening efforts was a handfull of marble size potatoes, gave that idea away and just visit woolies or Aldi now.

Mind you when I was at Smiths I saw a potato the size of a football, pity I didnt get a picture of it, it was a wopper.

It was about this size.

Crowie:- Yep I expected results like that, ... pity there was not more useable sizes, oh well.

Candy:- I went looking for all the fork lifts you mentioned, they did good job, I did make a 2D one but sadly it was for a deceased worker, I think you may have seen it.

-- Regards Robert

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 12-17-2017 01:37 AM


Alex:- still working on the significance of the 5th Feb, any hints?

You’re the one with the picture calendar…


..... was a handfull of marble size potatoes…..

- robscastle


As always LBD to the rescue,

Your next project...


... pity there was not more useable sizes, oh well.

- robscastle


You can always make toothpicks for grandma… the one without the teeth!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#6 posted 12-17-2017 05:03 AM

OMG Good thing it was not a snake!
You know this stuff embeds splinters like nobodys business! ... all very small but so painful they are work stoppers, it must be something in the tannin or the type of timber.

-- Regards Robert

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htl

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#7 posted 12-17-2017 05:54 PM

Always love it when the wood tells you it wants to be something else.

Now go find some wood that wants to be a car, fork lift, truck or what ever. LOL

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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Boxguy

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 09:12 AM

Rob, can there be any higher calling for wood than a box? Thanks for the shout out. Happy re-hydrating. I am making a box for my grandson to hold his poke-mon cards. I’ll post it when I finish the finish. It is below freezing this month on my end of the world.

-- Big Al in IN

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