Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'toy train'

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Wooden Toy Train #3: placing the wheels

09-20-2015 10:06 PM by MagicSawDust | 1 comment »

To place the wheels of the same size is quite simple – all offset the same distance. However, for the large wheel to make contact with the ground, the offset has to compensate for the increase in diameter. To mark the position I simply place two wheels either side (note the holes are already drilled) and rest a piece of wood against them, then place the large wheel so that it too is touching, and mark the hole accordingly with a center punch. Clamp the two rails together and dril...

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Wooden Toy Train #1: Part 2 - Making the boiler

09-13-2015 09:57 PM by MagicSawDust | 5 comments »

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 ...

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Fold Down Train Layout #1: Prototype/Interim around the tree (with pix)

12-14-2009 06:52 PM by Dan Lyke | 1 comment »

Just to give the payoff early, here’s a video, no sound, skip to the last third if you want to see the fold-up action: I like model railroads. When I was a kid, my dad worked with a guy named Bill Kennedy who had the Ramapo Valley Railroad in his basement. It was HO scale, super highly detailed, snaked through several rooms, had walk-around throttles, and was featured in a magazine or two.. Years later I picked up an N scale train to run around the Christmas three, picked up a copy...

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