Another update on the train. Made the catwalks and started on the cab parts. Catwalks 3 pieces per side. The bottom piece has a 30 taper, and the top piece has a 15 taper so they will snug up against the side of the boiler. Cab front wall. 3 more days til Xmas. Can’t wait to see my boys open their gifts. Bret
Small update made some parts for the boiler. Drilled holes for the hand rails. Front Boiler Rest Superheater, Smoker, and access cover Firebox final shape and trim added Happy Holidays Everyone, Bret
Here is a toy garage I am working on for my youngest son Ryan. He is really into Hot wheels. I got the plans for this garage from a friend in Australia. He has been building these for several years. I had something similar to this when I was a kid except mine was plastic. This project was alot of fun and very easy to make. The boys as you can see wanted to start playing with it before I finished it. ...
1949 Reading Steam Freight Train I started a new project. It is a steam train using Gatto plans. I currently have made the main frame, boiler and the display track. I made a jig out of a strip of plywood with grooves spaced the right distance apart and then glued a fence on one side to line up the cross ties. I also made several spacers to go between the cross ties. This made it super easy to make the track. Here is the main frame coming together. The b...
My three-year-old daughter likes to help my wife and I cook in the kitchen. It’s nice that she wants to help but isn’t a lot that she can usually do that is both safe and/or unlikely to ruin the meal. Sometimes she decides to try and start meals without us, let me tell you. Toys + flour + eggs don’t mix will well and are quite the pain to clean. I decided that maybe she needed something else to keep her busy while we cook so I set about designing and building her a kitch...
On the first one of these I made, I cut the slot at the rear (for holding the tail) on the band saw. But that was because I didn’t have a table saw that I liked to use. So, I decided to try the slot on the table saw. The tail and all wing pieces will be out of 1/4” thick material. I have a Freud thin kerf blade installed, which cuts about a 3/32” wide kerf, and didn’t want to bother installing my dado blade. Two passes of the thin kerf is less than 1/4”. I ...
I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
I bought this off of ebay this week. It was listed as a small plane, but it looks like a toy, model or perhaps some form of box. I would not see a purpose for the lid if it was a toy or model. I bought it because it was unusual. It has a hinged lid. The blade and wedge appear to be decorative. The patina appears to be real indicating it is quite old. The horn has tool marks which to me indicate it was carved. Here is a view inside. The hole appears hand cut with tool marks evide...
Had I not been laying in bed in pain from overdoing it yesterday at my home construction site on what had already started as a high pain day, I would have been much more excited when Woodcraft called to tell me my saw had arrived. I got a log cabin kit delivered out at my property yesterday. Center-cut oak beams with dovetailed corners to build my new house, but that’s a whole other story. Anyhow, I finally got to go pick up my saw when my friend who’s carrying the loan got off...
I have decided to build a model equipment trailer for my Father In-law. He is always such a great help for me around the house with projects and I wanted to make something for him to show my thanks. Since he has a small excavation contracting business so I thought some wood models would be nice. I found the plans by D.B. Gatto and decided on the flatbed trailer and backhoe. I have started the trailer and hope to have it finished in a couple of weeks and then move on to the backhoe. The plan i...
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