Dutchy's '62 Pontiac Convertible

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This is my third Dutchy pattern completed.  The '62 Pontiac has a big foot print, coming in at 5"H, 6 1/4" W, 18"L ( 113mm H, 160mm W, 455mm L).  It would appear from the start that it is a quick, easy build and, while that has some basis in truth, there are plenty of areas that present woodworking dilemmas and the need for careful measure and process.  For example,  I thought I would carve the profile of the sides on the CNC, using the Vectric V Pro Moulding tool path. I created the profile path and the carve  worked like a charm BUT I did not execute the carve after cutting the wheel wells out of flat stock and so had to cut from the back side ( using the L template for the Right side, and vice versa) after stabilizing the carved side down.  Not my greatest hour!   But, it worked out well and I did not have to remake the sides.  Just poor planning on my part.  I did not follow the adage of the 6P's.

I used a variety of wood to complete this fine model.  The main body consists of Ambrosia Maple.  Other species used were: Brazilian Cherry - -seats; Bubinga - -dashboard; Walnut - -bumpers, grill, windshield frame, roof;Spalted maple - -steering wheel; Red Oak (ebonized) - -Tires and cabin floor; Mahogany - - axle housing; Paduak - - Dashboard details, side stripes; Satin Wood - - center console base; Cherry - -Gear Shift console; African Black wood - - exterior mirror; SoftMaple - - wheels, license plates; Paduak - - side stripes and dashboard details; 3mm ply - -seat backs; Maple dowels - -various detail and round stock needs.

Final finish was a coat of Watco Natural Danish oil and 3 final coats of MinWax Rattle Can Semigloss Lacquer.

As I said, this is a big model but it gives a big feeling of pleasure and accomplishment when it's complete.   












13 Comments

It,s a beauty. I have made 8 of them 😃. Well done papa. 03 PW 23. 

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Looks good Dave and quite a beast. Cheers Steve
well done papa.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

you say big foot print yes they were love all woods used GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Nicely done! I like your choice of woods.
Top marks Dave on a beautiful model!

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Beautiful!  So many avenues of wood working...  Wish I had life to live over just to learn them all.  Hope there is a great wood working shop in the here after.  I would love to do the Morgan model but modify it to a MG tD or MG TF.  In heaven I could do an eon of boat building, and eon of model building an eon of marquetry, another of boxes,,etc., etc.   

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Nicely done, great wood combinations with details.

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Thank you to everyone for the kind comments.  I truly enjoy seeing what others have made on this site.  Every time I look at the site, it's a learning experience and a joy to know there are so many talented woodworkers out there.  My next challenge is to decide what the next build will be.  I am torn between the Ford tractor and the VW bus.  I'm still hoping for a 1928 AC Six some time in the future.  (hint, hint Dutchy)  :-)
Sorry I didn't read it. 
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I wanted to put money in the envelope, but it was already closed 

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