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Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:41 am
by chubs
Just starting to build a pee wee, I'm in Sydney. Very inspired by hzchevy's posts.

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:03 am
by chubs
Soon afterwards:

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:15 pm
by vupilot
That build form looks built to last!!! Good luck!

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:48 am
by chubs
Ha thanks! Maybe I'll build more than one pee wee with it :) it's 90x45mm structural pine. I'm in for plenty of metric conversions.

So I dug up my timber set aside for the build, put away for years. No clue which bits are for what any more!

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:39 am
by chubs
Here are some of my metric notes. Sure is tricky figuring out the old times imperial sizes... Eg four quarters is actually 3/4, but less than an inch is net. So confusing.

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:26 pm
by hzchevy
Cheers chubs. If you have any dramas along the way I may be able to help. The metric conversion thing is a pain the the arse especially with our wood sizing. I just winged it in the end lol.
Great to see you have finally started. At least you have a work area. LIL INSANE was mostly built under a gravel carport and in a 3m x 3m shed.
Good luck. :)

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:30 am
by chubs
Thanks mate, i'll get in touch if i get stuck.
I think i've got the hang of the metric stuff now, its dealt with.
Hmm my work area isn't totally great, it's just the space to the side of the car in the garage. So i won't be bolting the build form down, because i'll need to slide it out to work on it and slide it aside to get the car in. But hey better than nothing.
Tonight started copying the frame patterns to the longest piece of wood. I've found it easier to measure it with a ruler on the pattern and reproduce it on the wood with a carpenters square, rather than trying to sight through the patterns.
Plus it was windy and the patterns kept blowing away.
And finally my daughter started drawing cats and dogs on the pattern sheet! Cutie.

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:15 am
by chugalug
:D I'm terrible with carbon paper ,so I laid a thin piece of plexiglass on top of the patterns,drew them on the stuff with a permanent marker,and cut them out on bandsaw and table saw.then had the patterns(turn over for the other side) easy as pie :D :D

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:56 am
by chubs
That's a great idea. Maybe the next generation of plans could be laser cut plexiglass shapes?

Here's what I do - measure everything as triangles from the longest edge as a reference. Plus you can see my daughters doodles :)

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:05 pm
by chubs
Chopped out some frames with my jigsaw. Not as accurate as I hoped!

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:10 am
by chubs
So I have a question: I see that the next step is to cut out the frames for the dash beam, frame #2 deck beam, and the intermediate deck beam.
I can find the dash beam and #2 deck beam on the plans, but can't find the intermediate one.

Is the intermediate beam the same as the #2 one, just a bit chopped off either side?

Should I simply cut out two copies of the frame #2 deck beam, and chop a bit off the sides of one of them when installing it as the intermediate beam?

Thanks

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:29 am
by chubs
Here's how I've been tracing the curved frames with a dressmakers tracing wheel.

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:34 am
by chubs
And I think that's it for curved frames for now!
Later I guess there's the stem though...

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:03 pm
by chubs
Merry Christmas! Cut out the beams (see photo). Having some dramas with my jigsaw not cutting vertically.

Re: Pee wee build in Sydney

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:29 pm
by vupilot
Merry Christmas! Did you figure out the intermediate frame?
I had a fairly crummy jigsaw when I started and it would not cut vertically if I was pushing it along too quickly. If I slowed down I got a better cut. I finally just got a better saw and I should have done so sooner. Would have saved a lot of time on the belt sander.