Making the boiler (or the round part that gives a steam train it’s distinctive look) was started in another blog, not part of this series, so at the risk of repeating myself, here goes:
Decided to make a cylinder “Cooper Style” (that’s what I call it) in the way that wooden barrels were made in the past. Cut six strips of pine with the edges planed down to 60 degrees (with a hand plane – no table saw here) to make a hexagonal cylinder shape.
Carve and hand plane it round, glued a wood disk on the end.
Carved and sanded to elliptical shape.
Because the boiler is hollow, very tempting to put a marble or a coin in to rattle around and drive the recipient crazy trying to figure out what’s in there. Sanity prevailed, and I came up with this idea: put a door of some kind on the cab side of the boiler. Knowing that in real steam trains, both the front and back are accessible. Putting a hinged opening on the front is basically out of the question for a simple toy like this.
Showing the fire door opening mechanism to get access to the inside of the boiler. This is a test to see how it will work, paint it first and let the paint dry properly otherwise it will be glued in place permanently.
Now the young protagonist is able to place precious objects inside the boiler.
-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/