You can buy basswood in many small sizes that would work well for this.
Stronger than balsa, and very fine grain that looks appropriate for
modeling. You can it get it at shops that carry model railroading supplies
I wouldn't use a table saw to make this stuff. A band saw is MUCH MUCH
safer for this kind of work. I use a 14" Ridgid to make the braces and
bindings for my acoustic guitars. It helps to have a drum sander to
sand 'em smooth afterwards.
Actually, if the scale is 1 inch = 1 foot, the correct dimensions for an
in-scale 2 x 4 (actually 1.5" x 3.5") would be 1/8" x 9/32"
If the scale is 1 to 16, then the correct dimensions would be 3/32" x 7/32"
If you've got a band saw and a planer you could try it this way--resaw
a board into pieces maybe 5/16 thick, then plane to 1/4. Now, cut
those into maybe 3/16 strips. Plane to 1/8. Experiment first to get
the right dimensions so that you can plane both sides smooth with
enough allowance to get your finish dimension--the amount of allowance
you need is going to depend on your particular tools and skill level.
Do you know what most planers will do to a 1/8" x 1/4" strip?
I do, as I've tried it. <G>
If I could reliably thickness plane to 1/8" thick without all kinds of
faffing around with sleds, etc... I could have spent the cost of my
Chews the Hell out of the first and last six inches or so, where the
piece is not being held down by both rollers. Accept it and treat
them as throwaways.
Of course I've got a radial arm saw. One thing it does _real_ good is
cut thin slices off a piece of 1/4 inch stock. But since he probably
doesn't have one . . .
It is easy to cut thin, narrow pieces like these with the right table
saw accessory. I use a grip-tite magnetic featherboard with the
roller guide. A sandpaper roller pulls the wood to the fence in front
of the blade, and plastic springs hold the wood down before and after
the blade. You push the first board thru the blade and under the
springs with the next board. You have to use a zero clearance
throatplate. The setup works on my aluminum saw. Had to clamp their
steel plate to my fence to hold the magnets.There's a video on you
Be sure you use clear wood.
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