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Toy costruction #44: Coal train Builds #2.5

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Blog entry by htl posted 05-03-2016 01:09 AM 957 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Coal Train Build #1 Part 44 of Toy costruction series Part 45: Coal Train Build day 4.5 Wheels »

I thought I took a bunch more pictures but???
Played with the cabin walls and windows.

Next I needed a roof so here’s my take on rounding one out.
First I glued the pattern on the edge of the wood [made the wood block extra big so plenty of room to work]then hot glued a big square of scrap 3” X 3” to the roof bottom and cut it out on the band saw.
Then with the wood scrap still on it to keep it strait and level I sanded it on the SS.

Then I really had some fun flattening the bottom of the boiler where it will meet up with the base.

Having the bolt in the center made making a jig to flatten it on the SS drum sander quite easy.
Still it made me quite nervous didn’t want to bugger it up this late in the game.

Here you can see where the sanding will be done.

The sanding disk is moved to the wood so much nicer and the wood can’t move and get out of control.


I need to mention that I had hit the bolt lose on the first day so it was tight but not glued in at this time.

With that done I could unscrew the bolt from the boiler.

Here it is sitting on the base.

Tomorrows garbage day so cleaned out the cyclone and had 6.5” of saw dust in the 7 gal. bucket.
Quite a bit a saw dust just went out the door with my grass blower, when I use it to really clean out the dust.

So here’s where we’re at, at the end of the day.
Not glued up but where I can see whats needed.

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



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 05-03-2016 02:37 AM

I envy your ability to move sander to stable wood (and maintain angles). The arcs around the window is a nice touch.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#2 posted 05-03-2016 03:20 AM

Alex I really had forgotten how handy the SS is on such things that and it’s been many years since I’ve made such small projects.
It really make wood working a joy when you’ve got the right tools.
Speaking of which I shore would love to have Dutchy’s sander for all those parts needing flattening.
Once I get the sign on the side and the windows they will complement each other I think.

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2016 05:48 AM

Thank you Bruce – another top lesson

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

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 06:16 AM

Bruce thanks for sharing the idea of the woodblock against the roof for perpendicular sanding. Questione: Why didn’t you first rough flatten the boiler on the bandsaw before sanding?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 06:50 AM

Mighty Fine looking steam engine . Been following this along.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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#6 posted 05-03-2016 11:29 AM

It’s beginning to look a lot like a CHOO CHOO !!

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#7 posted 05-03-2016 02:26 PM

”Why didn’t you first rough flatten the boiler on the band saw before sanding?
Dutchy there was no need to, once I had the jig set the coarse sanding disk I had on there did it in a minute.
To use the band saw I would have had to make a fence extension and by the time I made that the job was done on the sander, plus I don’t trust my band saw to cut it straight.
One thing you have to remember this is the 2/3 size train so there wasn’t that much material to sand.
Remember also with the jig all I had to do was push the lever and the sanding disk was up to the boiler and it was done , less than 3 minutes.
Like a lot of this stuff setting it all up or aligning takes longer than the job itself.
Hope that makes sense?

  • “thanks for sharing the idea of the woodblock against the roof for perpendicular sanding”*
    Dutchy Here again I don’t trust my band saw to get the job done right so cut it big and then sanded it to right with the disk sander.

As you’ve shown us many times the disk sander is great for the small fine marks, well it works pretty good on the big stuff too. lol

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

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htl

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#8 posted 05-03-2016 02:42 PM

Joe what fun is it to say Caboose Caboose? GOT TO HAVE The CHOO CHOO to get it right. LOL

Thanks all that are following along.
It really helps to get feed back even just a word to show it’s worth the trouble and that there’s interest.

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

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htl

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#9 posted 05-03-2016 02:54 PM

Ducky about the sanding disk.
If I didn’t have the SS I would probable have built a sliding table for the disk sander to do the same as the SS.
You need one to make your wheels so just make it wider and kill two birds with on jig.
It’s cool what jigs you can make with some drawer slides. hint hint

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

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#10 posted 05-03-2016 03:22 PM

I love this project. I’ll have to check out the blog. Nice work and well presented.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dutchy

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#11 posted 05-03-2016 07:18 PM


“Why didn’t you first rough flatten the boiler on the band saw before sanding?
Dutchy there was no need to, once I had the jig set the coarse sanding disk I had on there did it in a minute.
To use the band saw I would have had to make a fence extension and by the time I made that the job was done on the sander, plus I don t trust my band saw to cut it straight.
One thing you have to remember this is the 2/3 size train so there wasn t that much material to sand.
Remember also with the jig all I had to do was push the lever and the sanding disk was up to the boiler and it was done , less than 3 minutes.
Like a lot of this stuff setting it all up or aligning takes longer than the job itself.
Hope that makes sense? “thanks for sharing the idea of the woodblock against the roof for perpendicular sanding”
Dutchy Here again I don t trust my band saw to get the job done right so cut it big and then sanded it to right with the disk sander.

As you ve shown us many times the disk sander is great for the small fine marks, well it works pretty good on the big stuff too. lol

- htl

THANKS

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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htl

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#12 posted 05-03-2016 11:40 PM

Dutchy I know I type or talk to much but once I get on a roll look out>

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

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