Rust in Space

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 14 - CLASS 1 - BUILD JOURNALS' started by handyandy1100, May 1, 2019.

  1. Captain Awesome

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  2. handyandy1100

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    More woodworking tonight. Looking a lot more sporty. Or Spacey? Also need to decide on how to finish it. Originally I planned to stain it with a faded gray, or silver-gray stain. But now I think it needs to be blue to match the rims. Haven't seen any Cobalt blue stain, so it will probably be painted. Maybe some rat-tina and see if wood tanks can rust as much as fiberglass TRM tanks do.

    Planning to fill the opening in the rear rack where the original tail light went with wood finished to match the tank.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  3. Brian macumber

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    Every time i see a pic like the bottom one looks like a side car.
     
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    Cool take on the 7 tank!
    Looking forward to some rusty wood!:thumbsup:
     
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    You aren’t the only one!
     
  6. handyandy1100

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    That's no sidecar. That's my "rat rod" Black and Decker Workmate.
    Even missing 2 legs and it's top it still comes in handy!

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    @handyandy1100 , I am enjoying your participation in the build off this year immensely ! Your sense of humor, one-liners, and design sense resonate well with me. :grin:

    I love me some wood on a custom rat rod! I'd save the blue colors for rims, seat, grips, do-dads. Your tank work is so nice, it would be a shame if we couldn't tell it was wood , i.e. cover it with paint. And your frame isn't that rusty, so a rust-ification job on the tank might not be appropriate either.

    What about an 'aged wood' look? I have used a couple different methods in the past. Here is a Youtube link to my Beer Boy Delivery build, where I used a paint method for my front rack.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=PI6lropyQ1c

    And a before and after shot of the front beer rack...

    IMG_20150511_130529.jpg IMG_20150530_141925.jpg

    The other method I used, was just a Weathered Oak stain on my Shelby Woody build. Depending on how heavy you go with the stain, it could be grayer. I went light on it, for a lightly aged, but well preserved look.

    First photo is 'before and after' of Weathered Oak stain. And others on here encouraged me to 'cap' my rear rack with the wood as well. Glad I did.

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    RaT oN~!
     
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    Thanks OJ, I appreciate that!
    I'm with you, the wood needs to be stained, not painted. I'm thinking something in the silver-gray to medium gray color range would go well with the chrome and blue. Maybe a little surface distress to age it?

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    The semi-solid stains will come with more 'paint' look. You can sand the stain before it completely dries, like I did with my spray paints on the beer rack. That would add some distress to the surface. I'm sure you could get a stain sample from a Cabot (or similar) dealer in a small can. Here's a link to the Cabot semi-solids.

    https://www.cabotstain.com/colors-a...3nN1cs-WYGsJaty_OPELidVtMm2bdykBoCkSoQAvD_BwE

    Looking forward to your creation!
     
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    Word of caution , all your open end grain on your tank will load up with stain more than the smooth sanded/factory finished sides.

    My motto is, "Little bit at a time, and stop before you think you are finished." Keeps me from 'over doing it'!
     
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    Yay or nay? Not sure myself. Chromed copper toilet supply line. Not sure on how to attach to the fork crown.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Maybe come to top of crown with something slid in the fork to hold it.:39:
     
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    I like it, could you increase the radius (make it less rounded) to match the curve of your twin frame top tubes? That would be slick!

    Use the underside of the steer tube fender mount hole to affix a bracket to clamp your fork braces. If no mounting hole, use a rubber stopper that fits tightly (so you have to screw/pound it in) and the drive a screw into that. I've used that method successfully a couple of times.
     
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    Got the tank stained today. It didn't turn out like I wanted. The stain looked more like thin gray paint (Varithane weathered gray) than stain. A lot darker than the sample in the store. I tried sanding it to see if that would lighten it, but the color was just on the surface, again, just like paint. This was not the stain I was looking for.

    So I began to experiment. I shot some blue spray paint on it and sanded then shot some flat black and sanded and then wiped more gray all over it. Then move sanding and then some 0000 steel wool. I don't know. I guess I was trying for a worn and faded paint look.

    Still need to finish removing the paint from the fork and clear coat it. Little freckles of rust are coming out on the frame, I will clear coat it when a bit of rust comes back.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Good build, if you wanna get a little more rust out of the corners, shove some rags in there soaked with vinegar, keep the rags damp it to keep it working.
    For clear, i like laquer. Its more forgiving than others as dar as lifting or interactions, and if you dont like it, strips easily or thinner removes it easily. Easy to touch up as well.

    Really like these frames, I have a start on a flightliner build. If i can get my to-do list knocked down, I'll jump in the build with ya.
     
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    Handy, I think you achieved the 'worn' look very well on your tank.
    And you got the blue hue in there without hiding the wood. :thumbsup:
     
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    I vote yah on the curved truss rods. You should be able to add a bracket at top of fork to secure ends.
    Is the tank to stay stationary with the frame or turn with the stem/fork?


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  19. handyandy1100

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    The tank is attached to the frame, so the lights don't turn with the front wheel. Like the old tank lights of the '60's.

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  20. handyandy1100

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    Spent some time today working on the bracket for the front struts. Trying to come up with a bracket that will sorta mimic the rat traps that was originally on the bike.[​IMG][​IMG]

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