Well the plans came in and it’s full steam ahead. Yahoo!!!
Starting the Toys And Joys Coal train.
I started on the boiler, my thoughts being this is the hardest part everything else can be adjusted to suit it.
Here’s what I got done today, I know it doesn’t look like much but this is a big part to this project.
Nothing is glued up so may go back and make the walnut rings thinner but we’ll see.
Lets back up and start at the beginning.
Remember there’s a hundred ways to do any thing this is what worked for me with what tools I had on hand.
Most builders would use the lathe to make the boiler but Little black Duck and I got to talking about it and it hit me I don’t need to use the lathe lets try something else.
Another blogger gave me the idea to use a bolt to get every thing lined up and it worked like a charm.
He used the lathe and a dowel for his build.. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/79782
One other thing to note the wood on the plans goes from front to back while the one noted above goes side ways, I really liked the look of his but it needs to be some really nice wood to work.
First I needed some wood to glue up but then it hit me I got some scrounged oak bed posts gathering dust, I almost throw them out last week end. lol
Remember I made my miter gauge work with the Dewalt saw well this was the best way to cut these posts, they needed to be really cut right or we’d have some ugly boilers.
Here’s that post. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/84530
I usually use 7 1/2” blades on my saw but wanted it to be cut in one pass so loaded up the big guns and used a 10” blade for this. Man I can really feel and hear the difference in the saw having to turn that bigger blade.
With the big blade the saw has to work to cut through but with the smaller thinner blades it cuts though stuff like this like a knife trough butter.
Next I resewed some walnut on the table saw for the spacers then planed it.
Now’s when thing start going in a different direction.
I mark the centers of the four oak blocks that will be the boiler and drill a hole for a all tread bolt to go through.
Then I sand the blocks round and to size on the SS just like when I’m making wheels.
The bolt is a tight fit so there will not be any sliding around when I finally do glue them up.
Now bolted the wood up and turned the grains to match up and tightened the bolt.
Now chuck it up in the drill press to sand it smooth and get the 4 blocks to match up perfectly.
I should note here that it is a long bolt so clamped a 3/4 piece a scrap under the bolt and drilled the bottom end of the bolt into the wood.
This worked great for the short time I needed it but it did make some noise, I guess I could have oiled it but it worked with out for me.
Now take it all apart and sand the walnut partitions now that we know exactly how round we want them.
This looks like the hard part for this build so it’s all down hill from here, I do need to turn the smoke stack and another dome but shouldn’t be to bad.
The wheels sure look thin to me I wonder what some thicker ones would look like on there?
You may have noticed I added a little more shape to the boiler so we’ll see if that works out.
That’s all folks!
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.