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Old 06-13-2011, 03:23 PM   #31
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(....needs more bristles though.....)
If you make a final version from scratch, I'd mark and measure where the bristles go in.
Neat and measured rows will make it look more like a brush.

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Good point DM!
I was more testing it for depth, thickness, appearance, strength, etc... but I'll keep what you said in mind. I'll probably make one more test one (thinking it's the final version) and see how that goes. Are the bristles a bit "flimsy", yeah... but she'll just have to be a bit careful. I was trying to get the 'handle' a bit more narrow, but then I'm messing with the wheel base... Not sure how a 2nd grader is supposed to do all this work... but she'll enjoy painting it!

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Toothpicks ARE pretty flimsy. Go to the grocery store and pick up a package of bamboo skewers.
They're twice the diameter of a toothpick but in neat rows should look just fine and stand up to a bit more abuse too. Sand the tips round and let her dip them in colored paint.

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Thanks DM.

I have a fair amount of hand and power tools, but I don't have a drill press. (I thought I was drilling the holes straight.. lol). A drill press would be great for this project. Maybe I'll use a combo square next to the drill to try to get the holes striaght?
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Hi,

Sorry to bump an old thread, but it dawned on me that I never posted a picture of the final version of the car we made:

Not only did we have fun at the derby, but she won Best Design!
She made it to the finals... so we had some "speed" also, but most of all we had a great time together.

Time to start getting ready for this years derby, so I just wanted to thank all that replied with this project!

It was fun chatting with y'all.

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Nice job! Thanks for the update!
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That's just awesome! Let us know what she's into this year so we can help again!

Thanks for the follow up!

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Thanks for the kind words gma2rjc and DM.

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That's just awesome! Let us know what she's into this year so we can help again!
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Well..... One of her few ideas this year is a bathtub car.

I tried a few times, but I'm having trouble "hollowing-out" the inner tub part. The only way I can think to do it is a router table (remember this is a small block of wood) but everytime I try, it kicks on me and breaks the edge. I want to leave about a 1/4'' lip on the top all around, so I can't router from end to end.

I know you should only feed the wood in one direction, but I can't seem to do that without the block kicking on me. I put "guide" wood around the router table so as to not go past my 1/4" top that I was looking for. This hollowed out area is only about a 1/4" deep, but is most of the top except for the 1/4" lip.

I want to hollow out the area to put a small doll, ruber duck, etc.... then fill with the area with polyurethane after painting.

Anyone have any ideas of a jig I should make or different way of doing this?

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I would look at using a drill press with a forstner bit to do most if not all the of the work, then maybe a router to clean it up or just a some hand chisel work and sandpaper.

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Thanks for the suggestion toolferone, but I don't have a drill press.

I would feel more comfortable (and safer) securing the wood and "plunging" the tool instead of the other way around, but all I have is a router table.

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