Toy Construction #151: Train track build

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Blog entry by htl posted 08-11-2017 01:14 AM 703 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 150: Train family all together Part 151 of Toy Construction series Part 152: Train track build finished and on the shelves »

My train cars are just over 5’ long so will be making tracks to fit and while I’m at it I’m cutting an extra set while the tools are set up just in case I get the wild hair to build more, plus if any of the tracks don’t come out right I’ll have a fall back set..
I am splitting the tracks in two so will have a coupling near the middle, making it much easier to work in my small shop.
So have made enough track for two shelves 5’ long and will have a shelf made up for my truck and low boy, I’m looking forward to the shelve build something different to sink my teeth into.
So here’s some pictures of the track build.

The first cuts are with a ten degree angle.
Will be using both sides of the fence to cut out the tracks, don’t need to do this very often so very interesting.

Love these cheap finger boards from Harbor freight.

Now back over to the other side of the fence but you keep the same settings on the saw.

Now I need to cut a 16th off the sides of the top so use my sacrificial fence.

I’m thinking 40 sleepers [ties] will get the job done we’ll see.

Need to add some pictures of the ties being glued down.
I needed 1” spacing for the ties so my square worked out just right and also helped keep it all squared up at the same time.

Getting it finished.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 01:53 AM

Top Marks Bruce… You’re on a winner here…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 01:53 AM

Got a front row seat to this one!


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#3 posted 08-11-2017 02:21 AM

More fun!!

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 02:33 AM

Working on the chain gang!!!
So hard work!

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#5 posted 08-11-2017 02:46 AM

Excellent Bruce!

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#7 posted 08-11-2017 02:19 PM

WOW !!! Having been collecting and operating toy trains (primarily O and Standard gauges) for about 35 years now, I have seen a LOT of wooden track and display/storage shelves. Nothing I had seen thus far could even come CLOSE to the fine work you’ve done here. Great looking and AMAZING. I’ve cut crossties, “logs”, “oil drums”, turned “wine barrels”, made telegraph poles, a few freight and waiting platforms over the years, but never anything close to your rails. Fantastic stuff !!! BTW, Yes, there is a sub-culture of collectors who specialize in only trains made of wood. Not only the push type but items such as the kits from Strombecker and others.

-- OleGrump

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