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Toy costruction #62: Cattle car for my train set

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Blog entry by htl posted 06-15-2016 09:24 PM 1724 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Found these prints a while back and so it’s time to get er made.

Had to enlarge it by 150% with my copier then I shortened it so it would match my other cars.
If I can get the wheels to 1” on the plans I know it’s all to scale, for my train.

So got out in the shop before it got to hot and got the sides made up.
I’d been thinking on this one for a while so had a pretty good idea how I wanted to do it.

Re-sawed some 3/4 oak down to 3/8 and planed it, then cut out the bottom and sides.
I then made some 1/4” lumber to be the braces and glued them on really good they’ll be holding every thing together so need to be strong..

Set the table saw to cut the sides for the slats and just barely nick the brace wood.
So now I have slats and the braces are holding it all together.

So tomorrow will be door and glue up the sides and add trim, then on to the roof.
I don’t have any more wheels so will need to make those also.

One thing I should note I use Gorilla super glue and then when I add finish I use Wetco Danish oil finish and the two blend together so the glue doesn’t show.
This is a little thicker glue and doesn’t run much.
There is a lot in the bottle so it lasts a long time.

My wife got me the Gorilla jelled super glue [in the green bottle] and I didn’t like it at all, you had to shake it every time you wanted to use it and lasted no time.

I hate to buy those little bottles of glue and there’s hardly any thing in them.

That’s all folks.

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



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#1 posted 06-15-2016 10:19 PM

You’re certainly well and truly on the way with this project Bruce…
Very clever to use the glue & oil to hide the glue joins…

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

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#2 posted 06-15-2016 10:47 PM

I love trains … just don’t have any plans on making any right now LOL

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

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htl

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#3 posted 06-15-2016 11:15 PM

Gr8hunter Well then don’t get started because once you do there’s no end to what you can add to it.

I just loved the Caboose so made it then had so much fun building it had to do a scratch build passenger car and once you’ve made two you got to have an engine, then tracks, then, then, then!!!

One thing about these cars their square boxes so quite easy and fast which to me makes them really fun.
So be carefull once you grab a train by it’s tail your in trouble.

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

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#4 posted 06-15-2016 11:56 PM

This is looking great. Really appreciate you doing the blog. I always learn a lot from them.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 06-16-2016 01:27 AM

Nice job so far, but less would not be expected (or accepted).

What type of oak are you using? Here in Aussieland I have access to Tasmanian oak which is a dog to do fine woodworking with because of it’s stringy fibres.

I’ll leave further pleasantries for the finished product and onto more serious matters.

Your nemesis is back! YOUR GONNA NEED A BIGGA TRACK! Looking at picture 2, if you ever get sick of trains you can always use it as a door for the workshop, especially on those hot summer day, though may be a tad breezy in winter.

I really like your approach and intuition, however…., where are you going to get cows that you can fatten up by an extra 50% and then get a vice big enough to shorten them to fit into the carriage? ? ? ? ? Furthermore, long horns would be murder!


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There is a lot in the bottle so it lasts a long time.
...
I hate to buy those little bottles of glue and there s hardly any thing in them.
...

- htl


Me too. For my pen making I use super glue and the nozzle end usually gums up after continual use. When I found some on sale I got just a tad carried away.

I bought them 5 years ago (so who knows how old they were then) and recently realised that CA has a definitive shelf life of 1 year max (especially if not next to your beer in the fridge) and I now need about 50 of those little vials to get a glue sniffing high, but then again it no longer glues my nose hairs together. (Just a word of advice for the wary – One of those few times I don’t speak with a forked tongue.)


My wife got me the Gorilla jelled super glue [in the green bottle] and I didn t like it at all, you had to shake it every time you wanted to use it and lasted no time.

- htl


Hope she has recovered from the shaking. (Imagine the fine print on a marriage certificate, ”Shake well before use.”)

PS. Don’t tell anyone but you misspelled your signoff… Here in Churchill we were taught in school to spell it with a “u”.

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

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htl

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#6 posted 06-16-2016 02:02 AM

Ducky the bottom plans or shorter car’s name is. FruitCar1.jpg
So I would guess I’m not hauling cattle in this car, it’s a fruit hauler so should I say it you’d fit right in. LOL

The only problem with this is if I change the name of the post to fruit car, I don’t think anyone would check it out.

Thanks Ducky you finally decided to tell me I was typing it wrong all this time. LOL
To tell you the truth I just had to use the spell checker 3 times for that last sentence.
I can’t spell to save my life thanks to google I can usually find my way around this weakness.
But it won’t happen again cause I have the technology to over come.

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

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 02:56 AM

Sorry #4, I honestly thought you signed “focks” and thought it was a one time typo (I would never presume to question the original). It’s that super glue sniffing.

You are also right about the title. It caught my eye as I miss read it as ”Cattle prod to tame the missus”.
Though Duckies might still read (speaking for myself only).

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

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 04:00 AM

I like everything but the Gorilla glue. I am sold on Titebond II

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 06-16-2016 10:48 AM

Looking forward to seeing this one.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 06-16-2016 11:54 AM

Clever idea on using the saw to make the horizontal slates. That saves a lot of time and frustration. Even for the ride on this one.

Bret

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#11 posted 06-16-2016 12:26 PM

Geeze Ducky, now why’d you hafta go and tell him he was spelling “folks” wrong? And here all this time I thought he was cursing at us and should have put a “U” where the “C” was !
.
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htl

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#12 posted 06-16-2016 08:27 PM

Joe In the back of my mind I knew it didn’t feel right and have no idea why the spell checker didn’t help me out but I know now.
I have no memory when it comes to names and spelling and any thing like that, have for years been big on computer building and would have loved to be a able to program but my mind doesn’t work that way show me something and i’ll pick it up pretty quick or ask me to figure some thing out no problem.

Working on this blog has really helped me to visualize words which is what I can’t do.
So getting better at it I think and don’t be afraid to tell me when I’m way off but a private message would be nice if it’s really stupid.

And I would hope you all would have noticed by now I can’t stand dirty talk and the like, will go the other way very quickly if things get nasty.
So now you know more about me than you really wanted to. LOL
That’s my $.02

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

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#13 posted 06-16-2016 08:52 PM



I like everything but the Gorilla glue. I am sold on Titebond II

- hunter71

Hunter I like the Titebond too on real furniture projects but hate waiting 30 minutes for stuff to dry and the white marks that the glue leaves on small projects just won’t work.
For building toys where kids will play with it need that extra strength so Titedond it is.

On my models the super glue holds in a minute and I’m on to the next step plus the Gorilla glue if it bleeds out the side turns the wood a brown color that just matchs the brown that the hand rub finish leaves so no glue marks are seen.

When i was building something and just felt I needed to add some extra support I used some of that really liquidity super glue and it socked in really well and I felt better about the joint but when I went and added my finish the glue had socked in and sealed the wood with a lighter shade of brown so you can see it not bad but it is notice able.

I’ve got where if I feel I need some extra strength I will put on some wood glue down the center and then use super glue just enough to hold it till the wood glue dries.

As I’ve said before there’s a hundred ways to do things this is what works for me.

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

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#14 posted 06-16-2016 10:51 PM

#4, You couldn’t have said it better even if you were a toy maker rather than a glue salesman…. Stick 2 it.

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

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