Wednesday, March 25, 2020

How to Build a Model Car Case

I recently started collecting model cars, I don't know much about them but know the ones I like and they are usually the ones I had when I was younger and many old cars. There is a lot to learn and I am having fun. 

Check out the build Here

First thing to do is figure out the size for the compartments.  After checking a few of the longer cars I found 90 cm length would work best. 

I used some scraps and made some cuts with my measurements to see if the height and length would work and if everything would fit together properly. When I was happy with what I had I was ready to move on to building a larger case.  

The strips were cut 50mm wide. I cut many extra strips for the case and a few for testing and the rest for future model case.   

Making the notches

To make the notches I measured 90 mm from the blade cut mark and drilled a small hole then tapped in a nail. After the nail was in I cut the head off.


A second hole was drilled for the nail. It was pulled out with Nail Jack pliers, and tapped into the hole. The spacing for the holes is 46mm and 90mm.

The pieces are clamped together and cut on the table saw using the miter saw gauge with the pin. I found one clamp is all that is needed to secure the boards while cutting. I did not use a dado blade but made the notch twice the thickness of the blade.

The boards are lined up and with the help of a  rubber mallet the compartments are snapped together.

Making the frame


The frame boards are cut to the right length using the measurements from the compartment boards.

A rabbet cut was made on the back of the frame before it was assembled. This will be for the backboard.

The compartment assembly fit very tight and to secure it to the frame all that was needed was to tap it in. It was a perfect fit and will not go anywhere. If your fit is a bit loose a little bit of glue will work.

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