|Project by Woodshopfreak||posted 02-28-2008 12:30 AM||1591 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a fun little project. I made it about a month ago in two days. I made it for a school project. It was actually all made of 2X4’s and a few dowel rods. I had to cut around all the knots in the 2X4 and if you look, there is absolutely no knots in the front car. There was a knot in the second car but I hid it right behind the wheel. My bandsaw came in handy for these tiny cuts. I went off of a picture I saw, and modified it a little and I made the smoke stack in a very interesting way. I don’t have a lathe, so that was out of the question, and I didn’t buy it, I actually took a peice of 1 5/8 inch dowel rod and I drilled a hole in the center. Then I put a bolt through it with a nut on the end. After this I mounted it in my drill press. I then clamped a peice of scrap to the side, kind of like a tool rest, and used a chisle to shape it. It was pretty cool. I did the same method for the rounding of the wheel exept with sandpaper instead of a chisle. I wish I had a lathe because I want to start turning bowls and pens for the most part and I have a really cool plan for a orniment in my WOOD magazine. I was going to paint this train, but I figured that It was a school project, plus then I would have to prime it, and I was to lazy to do all of that work so I just left it the way it is. I also didn’t want to stain or finish it because I have tried staining part of a 2X4 and it doens’t look that great so. I think it came out well even though it has no color.
-- Tyler, Illinois