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Tom works tiny

Tom works tiny

I built the auto transport (at right) because it represented one of the most complex trucks I had ever seen. The truck led to the car. From the ground up, these models are as close to the real thing as possible. Additionally, everything works. The truck is about 52" long and the car is about 7-1/4" long. They are built on a 1:18 scale. The roller coaster for marbles is constructed from hard maple to look like a steel roller coaster with a series of legs and curved track. About 500 pieces were cut and sculpted to form the track on which 52 marbles roll down from the wooden hopper above to the catch tray below in approximately 16 seconds.

My most recent creation is the model house pictured on first page. Built on a 20" by 36" base, the house is divided into 4 components: the roof, the third floor, the second floor and the main floor. The roof and each floor are removable to allow for easy access. The scale of this project is 1:12. The refrigerator, for example, is 5-1/4" tall and features adjustable acrylic shelves and curved trays in each door. Other unique features in the kitchen include two working lazy Susans in the corner unit, a pull-out rack in the stove, and two pull-out racks in the dishwasher. The entire kitchen was made from tiger maple. The "tile" on the backsplash is cherry with maple "grout" and is about .058" thick. The kitchen floor is cherry. The floor in the bathroom was cut from pieces of poplar cut to .82" square and sliced to match the .085? thick hardwood throughout. The other floors are made from hard maple strips cut to random lengths. All the strips are .205" wide and .058" long. The house design was influenced by a Chicago home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built from leopardwood, the bedroom furniture is very similar to the quarter-sawn oak bedroom set I built for my own home. The living room furniture is African mahogany with maple cushions. The boy's and girl's bedroom furniture was influenced by an Italian design and constructed from walnut, bird's eye maple, and purpleheart. Both sinks as well as the toilet bowl were carved using a Shark Pro CNC machine.

Built from leopardwood, the bedroom furniture is very similar to the quarter-sawn oak bedroom set I built for my own home. The living room furniture is African mahogany with maple cushions. The boy's and girl's bedroom furniture was influenced by an Italian design and constructed from walnut, bird's eye maple, and purpleheart. Both sinks as well as the toilet bowl were carved using a Shark Pro CNC machine.


 

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bhammerberg wrote:

Tom, unbelievable!! Your attention to detail for the house are beyond words.

11/22/2010 10:15:24 AM Report Abuse

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