Introduction: Laser Cut Motorcycle Toy

I like wood toys and thought maybe I'd give it a shot at making a toy motorcycle using the Laser Cutter at Techshop.

Step 1: Sketch

I started with a concept sketch of a motorcycle toy that I wanted to make out of wood.

Step 2: Import

I scanned the pencil sketch into Illustrator and used it as a rough template for a vector version.

Step 3: Template

After I was cool with the look and specs, I laid out the parts scaled to the size wood that I'm using making sure the stroke is .004 and that there is no fill.

Step 4: Laser Cut!

The two square pieces are test cuts to see if the settings needed any adjustments. Then cut away!

Step 5: Parts

Sometimes depending on the settings or quality of Laser Cutter used, there might be a need for exacto-ing if the laser didn't cut all the way through. Fortunately, this cut was clean.

Step 6: Test Fit

I fitted the pieces together to make sure everything looked okay and that the wheels had clearance.

Step 7: Sanding

I then sanded the pieces with 80 grit sandpaper to round off the edges a bit. Depending on the quality of wood and type of finish desired, you can follow that up with 120 then 220 grit.

Step 8: Prep for Paint

After sanding, I used a handy dandy duster to clean off the debris.

Step 9: Prime

I primed the pieces with a neutral grey since I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to paint this yet at this point.

Step 10: Finish!

After a few strokes, dabs, and washes of acrylic paint, I have my Halo-ish pre-beat up looking toy motorcycle that I made at Techshop!! http://techshop.ws/

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Comments

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ElWongo2 (author)2015-04-24

Whoah, awesome stuff! Wish I had that baller template!

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modifired (author)2014-09-29

hallo friend what you use program? on computer i will like to get download like your make drawer picture what name program can you send me?? my is bene71267@gmail.com

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craftclarity (author)2014-05-08

Reminds me of a Light Cycle....

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bbaca2 (author)2014-04-12

Perhaps! I do have a second set of the pieces sitting here staring at me..

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Kiteman (author)2014-04-12

Do the wheels turn?

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bbaca2 (author)Kiteman2014-04-12

They do! However, it is snug and there is not enough traction to keep it from mostly sliding if the surface is smooth. A little more sanding and something on the edge of the wheels such as rubber or notches may help.

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Kiteman (author)bbaca22014-04-12

Time for v2.0?