Wood Scale Models #4: 1949 Reading Steam Freight Train Part # 4

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Blog entry by bj383ss posted 05-18-2012 11:42 PM 3748 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it has been awhile since I worked on my train but I am going full steam ahead. Sorry couldn’t resist. I have been working on makin the main driver wheels there are 8 of them.

I was able to make all of them from the center cutouts from the tires of my Scania truck I built.

Roughed out on the lathe.

After turning them to size I took them to the bandsaw and cut them off

After that I chucked them back in the lathe and finished the back to size

Next up was making the outer rims our of maple. I tried several ways to make them on the lathe but ended up making them with holesaws and cleaning up the edges on the lathe
First I had to establish the outside cut of the rim so that once i cut the center out I had a reference point of the holesaw

I made this jig to chuck them in the lathe to finish them to size.

Here is the before and after the rim is glued on and sized

Wheel jig I made to drill all the holes.

Half of the wheels done and the other half needing to be filed.


Pivot arms layed out. Made an original and them traced them all out.

A quick trip to the bandsaw.

After about 10 minutes of sanding.

A mockup of the wheels.

Next up will be the side rods and piston rods.



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#1 posted 05-19-2012 12:16 AM

WOW! coming along great!

-- Ryan

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 10:18 AM

Great job. With this much work going into the wheels I can see a masterpiece being created.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 05-19-2012 12:55 PM

Looks really good. Looking forward to the next installment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 12:39 AM

Made some more parts for the drivers. The side rods, piston rod, spacers and valve cylinder chest for the left side.



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