Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How do I support small parts while the paint drys?

When painting small parts such as wheels and even large car bodies like the Hot Rod Freaky Fords need to be supported while the paint or shellac dries.  SInce all of these have holes for axles or other things such as exhaust pipes I devised a way to take advantage of this. I insert dowels in the holes apply the finish and  then I can insert the other end of the dowel into a hole drilled in the stands,

Paint Stand for supporting wooden toy parts while the paint dries.
Various paint stands I have made.
The one on the left is the first one I made. Its half inch plywood which turned out to be to thin to get the holes deep enough to support larger items. The holes are to far apart. Closer holes give you more options. It is also to narrow heaver items have tipped it over. I keep it because it is perfect for 1-1/2 inch wheels.

Threes of these are made from BC plywood. Not my favorite. BC ply is seldom flat and when you are drilling nearly all the way through it breaks through. The smaller one has masonite glued to the bottom because of this.

The stand on the front right is MDF. Its heavy and flat, drills easy and its dirt cheap.

I use 1/4 inch dowels that I sharpen on one end. to hold everything. Sharpening the dowles let me use them for ay size hole up to 1/4 inch, I like to use 4 inch dowels. I can use shorter ones but I find the inserting short dowels in the holes is difficult in tight quarters.

Wooden toy cars on a paint stand.
One of my paint stands in use.

I made a paint stand on a lazy susan but so far I haven't found it any more useful than the regular ones.

Lazy Susan Revolving Paint Stand for Painting Wooden Toy
Lazy Susan Revolving Paint Stand for Painting Wooden Toys 


I started with 1/4 in holes but soon discovered that these were to tight. If you make one of these drill the holes 1/64 or 1/32 inch larger. I just took the next larger bit iin the drill index.

 Pay Pal Wooden Toy Cars On A Paint Stand 
Pay Pal Wooden Toy Cars On A Paint Stand 
  Hot Rod Freaky Ford Wooden Toy Cars On The Original Paint Stand
Hot Rod Freaky Ford Wooden Toy Cars On The Original Paint Stand


 Wheels On A Paint Stand Hot Rod Wooden Toy Car In Foreground
Wheels On A Paint Stand Hot Rod Wooden Toy Car

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