TTC Build Off - Roughing in the sides.

I spent a couple hours roughing in the body sides this morning. First I take my drawing and trace it onto the paper. Notice that my piece of wood is to small to make the sides from 1 piece. No worries I will just attach them together later in the build. 

 

 

I use tape to hold down the template while I trace.  

I use tape to hold down the template while I trace.  

After tracing the template to the wood it was now time to begin the cutting process. I am currently using an old scroll saw that my dad used to use when he would build balsa airplanes. It works great but my lines end up a little wavy from time to time. That’s really no big deal as I can finish sand them back straight. I generally build big and square. Then, I sand to my desired shape and size. 

 

After cutting the outline.  

After cutting the outline.  

After cutting out the blank I realized that I forgot to leave the front portion of the door on the template. Again no big deal as I can make one and glue it on. I did make this change for all the other sides to make my life a bit easier in the future though. After cutting out all 4 side pieces (That's right I am making two bodies), I stacked them all and clamped them together to sand them all to the exact same shape. 

 

All stacked and ready for sanding.  

All stacked and ready for sanding.  

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I use this powerfile from harbor freight.  

I use this powerfile from harbor freight.  

I proceeded to sand all of the pieces to the same shape. I used to do this with a file or by hand, but I just picked up this Harbor Freight powerfile on recommendation by Sean Saley (His is Black and Decker). It works great for shaping and contouring. It allows for good control and works wonders at getting into those hard to reach areas. Once sanding was complete it was time for another test fit. 

Looking good.  

Looking good.  

After this I was called away from the task at hand to go do some adulting. Not to fear though I will be back at it again after everyone in my house goes to bed tonight. For now it all looks like this.  

 

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Adam VanOrd