Monday, April 15, 2019

What kind of primer do I use?

I currently use a shellac based primer.  Zinsser B-I-N It seals the wood so nothing bleeds through and you clean up with alcohol. No super toxic fumes. It sprays and brushes well. I reapply the primer and sand until it feels smooth.

It is very white. All of the white parts on this car are Zinsser B-I-N primer with clear coat on top. Not how the white background of my photo tent looks grey by comparison.



20141213-165701 Handmade Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob's Custom Motors Coupe Blue & White 653434064
20141213-165701 Handmade Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob's Custom Motors Coupe Blue & White 653434064



 
The primer needs to be sandable. You may need to try some primers.  The first primer I tried didn't sand goo at all.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Do you drill axle holes before or after painting?

Drilling Holes Before Cutting Handmade Wooden Toy Two Truck
Drilling Hook Clearance  For A Handmade Wooden Tow Truck 


I usually like to drill before I cut the pattern on my scroll saw, but there are plenty of exceptions.

I can while the wood is square and easy to handle. The hole in the photo would be nearly impossible to drill after the truck body had been cut.

If I cut before drilling, I find that holes near the edge can tear out easily. Such tear out is not easily repairable and the toy ruined.

When using axle pegs, I drill first and ream the holes to exact size with a drill after I'm finished painting. This clears the holes of paint and removes any swelling in the wood cause from using water-based acrylic paint. Sometimes the paint will get chipped around the holes but since they are behind the wheels where you can't see. It's not a big deal. For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.

For lighter toys, I use dowels for handles.  I insert dowels into the axle holes to provide a grip to use while painting. If I drilled after painting, I would need to develop a new painting technique.

I sometimes make toys that are drilled to accept peg dolls. I usually drill these after they are painted. I find that they are difficult to get straight if I drill them before the car is assembled. I find painting inside the holes to cause swelling of the wood that will sometimes cause the peg dolls to fit tight. Besides, I like the way it looks with the raw wood exposed in the hole. I use tape such as painters tape to help keep the paint from chipping. Go slow and careful with a sharp bit and you with get a clean, sharp edge.



For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.
For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.



Friday, April 5, 2019

Witch On A Broom - Not Just For Halloween

I'm writing this in March 2019. I just sold another witch on a broom. Either they are getting used for something else, or some folks celebrate Halloween all year round.

I originally made these for toys for my Grandson who loves anything to do with Halloween. To him they are toys. He builds castles and haunted houses out of blocks for them.

The witches are part of a set of pieces all having to do with Halloween. Skulls, skeletons, cats, jack-o-lanterns, bats, and spiders. Some local friends saw them and wanted their own set. I made enough for my Etsy store, and the witches have become some of my best sellers.



Handmade Wooden Witch Cutout/Toy
Handmade Wooden Witch Cutout/Toy