This is the pick up truck
Here is the Coupe
It was not a difficult project, but it was a good project to learn some things about the precision of the transforming toys. It also got me use to the lay out of the book. I am not one abut following the instructions much but on the more complex toys I tend to be following the instructions more. For those that are interested the main wood used is Poplar. The accent wood is walnut and the dowel and nuts are maple. Now on to to the lessons:
- When centering a hole on the block measuring from one side does not cut it. I was off by about 1/32 of an inch. Just enough to offset the blocks when they are put on the dowel.
- Dowels at the local hardware store are not the dimension they say they are. They are about 1/32 -1/16 of an inch over sized. This is enough to not work in my treading tool. Very frustrated with this because it means that I have to go to Rockler to buy the dowels. Here is my feeling on Rockler: They really like their stuff. It tends to be on the pricey side especially their lumber.
- Double check the dimensions in the book. For the most part they were right. One critical one for the length of threaded dowel was too short for the tanker. The other was the length of the wheel axle. More of a frustration than a show stopper.
- Making threaded dowel is more work then just turning a tool around a dowel. The grain on the dowel is also important.
On the "sand it till it looks right" toy, here is the next step: