Toy Train

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Project by exelectrician posted 1038 days ago 1639 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that the children needed a toy from Grandpa. This is what I made for Kaylin, she was delighted, and quite possesive about it. I used the left over parts of maple from broken dining room tables I got on craigslist, the boiler on the engine is my first turning experience. I used my drill press for a lathe, the three rings are left over marks from the original turning.
Thanks to Les Neufeld and his book “Making Toys that teach”. The step by step photos were a great help in me getting my first toy done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 1038 days ago

Good on you mate. You have done a great job. I love all the small details you added.

-- Dave -

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#2 posted 1035 days ago

Needless to say that your Granddaughter well cherish this forever, real nice to say the least, I had never thought abut making my Great Granddaughter a toy train or car, but you have giving me a great idea.

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

What a super train set! It’s no wonder she’s so possessive about it with so many fine details and things to do, not to mention the lovely form and colours. A masterful first effort, bravo.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

That is really cool, good use of reclaimed items. I am glad I noticed/saw it, gives me inspiration.

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#5 posted 1028 days ago

That is really a neat train and she will love it forever! I like to make soys for the kids as well. I would like to know if that is your design or if you went off a plan.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#6 posted 1028 days ago

Hi Alongiron, My local library had a copy of Les Neufeld book Making Toys That Teach. The book has beautiful color plans and photos of each step in the process. I made a few minor changes, from the original. I also made a drilling jig from steel to ensure the holes for the bogie axles were perfect, you need this accuracy because if all 8 wheels do not roll at the same time, kids can ask embarrasing questions!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 1028 days ago

Way to go grandpa; it looks great.

-- 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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