Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Goattee, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. Goattee

    Goattee Member

    I just finished my second popsical of the night and was about to throw the stick in the garbage when it hit me. Hard wood. about 7" thick. About 2' wide. About 30' long. Might be good for something.

    Anyone use them for anything?
  2. billk

    billk Active Member

    They're so useful as general-pupose stirrers, daubers and smearers that I have a whole box of them (you can get them by the 100s, without the popcicle stains, at craft stores.)

    A little thick for N scale usage, but I do recall slicing thin strips off of one to make bridge planks or something. Seems to me they may have had a waxy coating that had to be sanded off, but that may have been some other "found" material.

    I keep an eye out for things like that, too. My latest rescue from the recycling bin was a box that nectarines came in (all the way from Spain!). Taking it apart, I salvaged several pieces of thin plywood that may prove useful someday, probably the day after I toss them during a cleaning spree.
  3. belg

    belg Member

    Goattee I know several people that use them to back brace wood kit walls to minimize warping. I also have used the wooden coffee stirrers to make stripwood out of in N scale.Stain them and then cut them into 3 relatively even strips,great for random width boards on older structures or decking.
  4. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    You can get a box of 1000 at Hobby Lobby for $1.27. They are too hard and big for modeling work, but make great stir sticks. I also let the kids build stuff out of them. They are then learning a skill/hobby, feel part of the family, and are not using expensive scale lumber to build lopsided bird houses. Another us is homemade popscicles:) . Use Koolaide double strength and popcicle molds from tupperware. FRED
  5. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Could even make a dandy trestle bridge from those.
  6. MarkB

    MarkB New Member

    I use popsicle sticks painted brown as additional ties on my Lionel O-27 track. I also use them for bracing on some of my scratchbuilt structures.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I built this out of popscicle sticks and matches before I bought any "real" stripwood. I scored the popscicle sticks with the razor saw into 4 planks per stick.


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  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    On smaller scales, you could scribe lines on them to look like narrower boards.

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