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sbhoward

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Just starting building and I have a question for those of you with much more experience.

I'm building the Big John Farm tractor, and I notice there are some 1/4" and 1/8" parts.

If you are building a natural wood project, what do most of you do?   Try plywood, or resaw your own stock?  If it's painted, will plywood detract from what is mostly a hardwood project?

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I have just finished THIS model and some of the wood is as thin as 1/16" which I re-sawn and then planed to thickness, With an unpainted toy/model I would go for re-sawn wood but if painted then ply would be great as it will be covered with the paint and will not notice.
If in doubt then you could cut a piece of ply and do a test fit to see if it distracts from the model/toy if left unpainted. It really is down to personal choice.

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Derek -  Thanks for the tips.  Sorry I took so long to thank you but I was traveling.   I woould love to see a photo of your tractor sometime  if you're up to it.

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Some of the hobby stores will sell 1/16 and 1/8 wood blanks too.  Alot of what I have found is basswood, which is soft, but it has worked pretty well in the toys that I have used it in.  You can also re-saw and plane to thickness if you have a planer.  My planer won't handle anything smaller than 1/8, so I use double-sided tape to adhere the board that I want to be thinner to a "carrier" board so I can get it to the 1/16 thickness. Just have to be REALLY careful when you separate the keeper from the carrier since it will break.
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My local home depot has a lot of small thin poplar and oak 

eBay is another source. There are some good deals there.

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Hi!  I get any thin wood I need from ocoochhardwoods.com.  Have many choices and sizes.  Have always been very pleased with quality.

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If I need thin wood (1/8" or 1/16") I rip it on my table saw. I have a thin kerf 7 1/4" blade as these are cheap and have a very thin kerf. I also made a zero clearance plate for the saw. I select the material I wish to cut and make sure the face is sanded and ready to use then set my saw up to 1/16" and using a push block send it through. Hope this helps.

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Since there is not a lot of places with thin lumber where I live I usually get thin lumber from this place:

http://ocoochhardwoods.com/scroll_saw_lumber.php

They have deals on cut offs as well.



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if you are cutting thin / small pieces have a look at this 



it has been posted here before and 
its worth a look


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