Flintstones Car Aka Filntmobile

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About: I started woodworking with my grandfather as a young boy. I continued woodworking through high school, and started woodturning after seeing a turned project in a friends shop. Some of my fondest memories are...

Intro: Flintstones Car Aka Filntmobile

The Flintmobile is Fred Flintstone’s car on the classic TV show. In this Instructable, we will make a model of the car that is 9” long by 7 1/2” tall using maple, walnut, and bocote hardwood, plus some leather accents.

Tools:

Wood lathe

Wood turning tools

Bandsaw

Spindle sander or sandpaper

Drill

Sewing needle

Scissors

Materials:

Hardwood (walnut, maple, bocote)

Lightweight leather

Thread

Sandpaper

Wood glue

Step 1: The Wheels

The wheels are turned from a maple spindle. Not so much “wheels” as they are large cylinders, you’ll only need two of these. I started with a 2” square piece at 9” long, turned it round, added finish, and drilled it out while it was still on the lathe. Then I cut it in half. Make sure they’re the same length, or you’ll have some interesting problems when it’s time to put the car together.

Step 2: ​The Axles

The axles are made from a contrasting wood (Bocote in this case). These do not go all the way through the wheels, but instead cap each end and join them to the frame. It helps to turn a small knob on each end to act as a sort of hubcap. Make four of these.Check the size of the through hole on the wheels, then make the axle slightly smaller. It’s a good idea to start too large and keep reducing the size until they fits tight.

Step 3: ​The Canopy Frame

For the canopy, I turned 4 Bocote spindles the top ones I made a small bead at one end. The bead will be used to connect them to the two uprights. You'll need to drill a 1/8" hole in each bead, and a small 1/16" hole in each end of all 4 spindles for threading on the canopy. These are simple sticks that fit to holes drilled in the frame and hold up the canopy leather.

Step 4: The Frame/Sides

The sides are supposed to look like logs. I drew a rough log shape onto the wood, then cut it on the bandsaw and refined the edge with a spindle sander. Make sure the notches in each end are large enough to accept the hub caps. The exact dimensions aren’t important as long as everything fits together well. Mine are 8 1/4"

Step 5: ​The Seats and Dashboard

I used a piece of burl for the seats and dashboard to approximate the look of the stone slabs from the cartoon. The seat backs are simply flat pieces cut to size on the bandsaw. The burl at the top gives it some character. I cut a small tenon on to the bottom so I could join them to the seats.For the seats themselves, I cut another flat piece, then added a small mortise by drilling out the desired area. This makes it very easy to join the seats and seat backs.

Step 6: The Steering Wheel

Fred needs a way to steer, so I used a scrap of Bocote to create a bone-shaped steering wheel and glued it to the dashboard.

Step 7: ​Assembly

That’s it for the wooden pieces. Join everything together with wood glue, being careful not to use too much. Apply clamps to hold the pieces together as they dry.

Step 8: ​Canopy Cover

The last detail is the leather for the canopy. Simply cut a piece of craft leather to fit, then use a sewing needle to roughly stitch it to the frame. Remember, you’re approximating the work of a cartoon caveman — not everything has to be perfect.Cut a hole for the rear window and this part is finished.

Step 9: Finish

I used Howard beeswax for the finish.

Step 10: ​Conclusion

That’s it!

I had fun making this project, even if it is a little silly. Silly isn’t a bad thing. Woodworking should be fun.If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section. Thanks!

Step 11:

Wooden Toys Challenge 2016

Runner Up in the
Wooden Toys Challenge 2016

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    Mjtrinihobby

    1 year ago

    Voted. I wonder where the emissions controls were in the original car? Lol.

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    NeilRGMjtrinihobby

    Reply 8 months ago

    I guess the responsibility for emissions control rested with Wilma! It was based on Freds diet. I wonder if he was lactose intolerant?

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    NeilRG

    1 year ago

    and may i add a hearty Yabba Dabba Dooooooooo!

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    Skyfinder

    1 year ago

    For my opinion you were one of few that really deserve the grand prize. Really, a "car vs car", should be better that yours win :) Really good final toy and instructable!

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    wannabemadsci

    1 year ago

    Amazing detail!

    Congratulations on being a finalist in the Wooden Toys Challenge!

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    muadibe

    1 year ago

    This is great and inspirational.

    I will be making one of these for my nephew, I'm sure he will love it.

    Oh, by the way, Silly is good, come to think of it, Silly is the best.

    Thank you for your post.

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    Carl Jacobsonmuadibe

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much!! I'd love to see a picture when you're done.