A Bug In Resin
You never know what’s going to happen when you let someone new into your shop. For this project, Markus from Bug-Tech joins Peter in the shop to cast a model VW bug in resin for a shift knob. Let’s see how it goes!
Before Markus shows up, Peter makes a few test-castings to get a feel for the process.
To start out, Peter using 20z of polyester resin. It’s a durable resin (and a pain to turn because of it), but it does a good job. The secret for this particular project is using two different mixing ratios for the pour. The first pour is mixed firmer than the second, to float the car in the middle.
Note the block of wood that’s attached to the bottom of the shifter; it’s a fairly elegant way to mount the threaded connector while giving it a retro vibe.
The final knob ended up being a bit larger than expected.
(I’m sure there’s a joke about Americanism in there somewhere), but the project as a whole was a success.
It turns out working with other people is fun!
Asher is a freelance writer who has worked on everything from EdTech to indie games. You can catch him online on Medium or in person in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He claims to have the best chili recipe in the Midwest.