Modeling in Wood #2: Motor Cycle ,The Frame

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Blog entry by toyguy posted 12-13-2007 11:00 PM 4452 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When building a model you must keep in mind what the finished project will look like. Wood selection is very important unless you plan on painting or some other means of coloring your toy. I don’t like to do anything other than some spray lacquer. So I use the color of the wood as my palette.

Today I started my frame for the motor cycle. I needed a very dark color of wood to do it justice. I also had to take into account that the parts for the frame are very small and odd shaped. So a tight grain, dense material would also be needed. I went to out local exotic woods dealer, and in trade for my soul, a small piece of ¾” Wenge was traded. This wood is not cheap, but what the heck, I don’t need too much anyway.

To construct the parts for the frame is really pretty easy. The plans show both top views and side views in full size to make life a lot easier. The main frame part is cut from ¾” material, as is the backbone. The swing arms are cut from ½”. And the center post is ¼” square. To cut the pieces you can mark the wood using the full size views. There is many different ways of doing this, but for this I will only tell of my method. I photo-copy the views needed with my all in one printer. Then cut them out with a pair of scissors. Using a glue sick I apply them to the material that I have already cut to a block on the table saw. Now all you have to do is go to the band saw and remove everything that is not frame. When dealing with odd shapes, sometimes it is necessary to cut the side view first. Then tape the cutouts back where they came from to cut the top view. Look at the following picture to see what I mean. Any of the paper that is left on the piece can be removed with a heat gun and a scrapper.

This picture shows the frame pieces cut out and ready to be sanded. (I really hate Sanding) and then assembled. In the back you can also see the wheels from yesterday. Note they now have the disc brake and hub attached.

This model is not an easy build. But I am going to keep on it. Next I guess will be to complete the frame and start the springer front end. Till next time.

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-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-14-2007 05:39 AM

This thing looks as hard to build from wood as from metal. Keep going we’re watching.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-14-2007 05:59 AM

Looking good. . Were with you all the way.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 12-14-2007 10:34 AM

Brian you might have a guest spot on American Chopper if you pull this one off.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 12-14-2007 01:25 PM

Thos. – maybe harder… these pieces are so tiny

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 12-14-2007 06:37 PM

Definately keep us in the loop. I’m looking to start a Hummer model after Christmas and really enjoy learning from other modelers.

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#6 posted 12-14-2007 08:01 PM


OH yes…the Hummer. From “Toys and Joys suspect. That is a great model…a bit on the big size making display a problem sometimes but very nice model. There is one on display at Stockade in Guelph Ontario…a real nice job on it.

You may also be interested in a forum I host for toy builders. Check out the Saw Dust Factory.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-17-2007 07:36 PM


thanks much for the website info – I’ll be adding it to my daily reads…

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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