|Project by robscastle||posted 05-30-2015 06:12 AM||1275 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
My Canadian friend Michael dropped by today, on his way out to go metal detecting.
We were talking about his next outback trip and the Raillway Spike he found on the last Simpson desert trip (and gave me), came up in conversation, of which I said I was going to mount it and give it back to him.
He sounded very interested so I set to work after he left.
Quite a bit of thought went into attempting to decide how to make the base as I checked out my timber stock.
I originally wanted to use some timber that refelected the Railway sleeper it had come from.
In the process of deciding I de-rusted the spike and coated it with Gold Size, while that was drying I continued attempting to find a suitable base material, it was then I decided to try some Driftwood/Root I had.
I decided to try that realising it may just end up in the trash as unsuitable, but anyway I cut a section off.
I tried to disk sand it but it was too hard for my sander, so I used my Air Die grinder to clean it up
The results were worth percevering with so I continued on,
A Flap disk mounted in a bench drill was next, it removed a lot of the Die grinder divots but almost self destructed itself in the process.
Not sure what species the wood is but its so hard its bordering on being petrified!
Next I drilled a square hole in it at an angle to accomodate th spike.
My square hole drill was smokin by the time I finished morticing.
I burnish oiled it on my polishing machine and then all was done.
The spike I leafed with copper as opposed to Gold and fitted it all together.
Although they are in no way matched I think the final end result was OK.
A bit of added history:
This is Australias equivlent to The Oriental Express or the Trans Siberian Railway.
No doubt other LJs can add their local knowledge to the list !!! hint hint
Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Duration: 2 nights in either direction
Distance: 2979 kilometres
Frequency: Once weekly in both directions^ (See timetables)
Special needs: Wheelchair access, Dietary needs
^Twice weekly in peak season and fortnightly December and January
Now Job complete:
-- Regards Robert