Toy Construction #147: Caboose----mail car Roof building #3.5

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-31-2017 10:52 PM 1366 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know there are other things I need to build but the roof is the one thing that gave me trouble last time so wanted to get ahead of it.
I used my 10” saw blade as the pattern for the roof curve.

Now I need a roof for the look out or what ever they call it, crows nest?

I made this by clamping a stop to the table saw and raising the blade into the wood.
I cranked it all the way down then would raise it 7 turns to get my height.

Then band saw the top and disk sand it into shape and we have a roof.
I super glued a squared 2×4 to the roof to help it stay lined up for sawing and sanding.

I need a couple wheel pictures. lol

Here’s a can to see how big it will be.

Now I can have some peace of mind knowing I got the roofs figured out.

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 11:03 PM

Man what a great looking Caboose!

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 11:09 PM

WOW …..... the roof really sets it off …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 07-31-2017 11:17 PM

Nice work … great detail. Pardon my ignorance, but may I assume it will be painted?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.

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#4 posted 07-31-2017 11:20 PM

You’re a worry wart #4, the roof turned out perfect.

Here s a beer can, rood beer that is to see how big it will be.

- htl

Where’d you get the 20’ tall can? I only thought big things came from Texas!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 07-31-2017 11:35 PM

Ron there will be Minwax Danish natural oil finish on it to match the train and cattle car.

I would love to use the Minwax Danish oil in dark walnut but afraid the poplar would blotch all over the place but the natural will make it pop just fine.

And thanks all for checking out the build and commenting..

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#6 posted 07-31-2017 11:39 PM

Wow, just like that. You make it look easy, and it certainly isn’t easy. Great job with that roof!

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#7 posted 08-01-2017 02:26 AM

looking good!

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#8 posted 08-01-2017 05:39 AM

Every time he is getting nicer and nicer. Great colors!!


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#9 posted 08-01-2017 02:27 PM

I built a lot of La Belle woodworking model railroading passenger kits. In my opinion you nailed the roof.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#10 posted 08-01-2017 04:50 PM

This is a very nice model caboose and it displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-01-2017 11:12 PM

Thanks Bruce #3
I never was totally happy with my first car roof like this but going larger really helps get the feel for it.
La Belle kits look very interesting!
Again thanks all for checking it out.

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#12 posted 08-02-2017 01:02 AM

You just keep getting better and better. Great looking caboos.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 08-02-2017 04:12 PM

It’s fun to watch this come together. Nice work!

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#14 posted 08-03-2017 01:49 PM

Looks just Great fantastic job

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