Few months back I had made the first Car truck hanging, It had few flaws
- Wood used was too thin (5mm)
- Not easy to work with
- Acrylic colors did not come out as expected
This is my second attempt and I have have used different technique or making and painting using Oil paint instead of acrylic colors
This one is made from 10mm thick wood, holds 72 cars an better paint job.
Only drill machine was used in this built, rest all was done using hand tools. So once doesnot have to invested too much in purchasing these tools
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Step 1: What Do We Need ?
- 10 MM x 38 MM Teak wood strips ( about 30 ft)
- 12" x 12" plywood 2 mm thick
- 3 Wooden Circles for Tyres
- Oil Paint- Brown, Black, Silver and Yellow
- Metal L joint 4
- Paint brush
- Sanding Paper 80,150 and 220 grit
Step 2: Truck Body
Cut the Wooden strips
- 6 pieces ; length 26 inches
- 2 pieces ; length 26.5 inches
- 2 pieces ; length 19 inches
- 1 piece ; length 38 inches
On the two 19 inches wooden strip, carve, 10 mm slots as shown. One can use router if you have. I used saw to cut the edges and then a chisel to remove the wood. Do not carve too much as it can weaken the wood structure
Using metal L joints connect the two 26.5" and 19" pieces a shown are uneven, bent wooden strips
It is good if we drill holes before screwing . This will avoid wood from splitting
Step 3: Cabin
On a 12" x 12' " 6mm plywood, draw desired cabin.
Free hand works well. One can google to see images of trucks to get inspired
To cut windows and wheel space. I used drilling machine to drill initial holes and then used saw cut till the next corner
Step 4: Paint It
After we have all pieces ready, using sanding paper 80 , 150 and 220, make the surface of wood smooth
Clean with cloth or tissue paper.
Apply wood primer and leave for 12 hrs, then apply thin coat of oil paint and leave for 24 hrs
After everything has dried use 220 grit sandpaper and make surface smooth, where needed.
Tip : Mix Oil paint with paint thinner (2:1 ratio). This will help dry faster and thinner coat.
For best results, apply paint along the direction of wood grain not against it
Wheels : I painted them black and left for a day, then using a art card as stencil, spray painted silver
Step 5: Assemble It
Use thin screws and fix the frame and the bottom wooden strip. I am using holders to hang it on wall
Fix the cabin, wheels as shown
Add extra wood on the back side of cabin as support
Step 6: Hang It
Once all is done. Hang i on the wall and and decorate with cars
Looks good !!!
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