Toy Train Set

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Project by curi0usJack posted 12-27-2011 04:04 AM 2130 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A toy train set I made for my kids for Christmas.

The majority of the cars are made from maple and walnut. The boxcar is aromatic cedar leftover from my blanket chest project

Plans are found in this book:

Wheels, smokestack, and axle pins were purchased at Rockler. Finish was just a couple coats of BLO.

This project was a ton of fun to do and the reaction on my kid’s face was priceless. You really only need a small bandsaw and a sander to pull this off, so it’s perfectly workable even in the smallest of shops. Best of all, in spite of all the other junk my kids got for Christmas that year, this toy is still the one most sought after.

One tip for the main locomotive, the author recommends 2 inch dowel, but I had a really hard time finding anything under $40 bucks. I picked up a short oak chair rail from Home Depot for $8. Best part the bottom was already flat so it sat perfectly on the frame. :-) It’s the little things…

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 04:21 AM

That’s great really cool train.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 05:07 AM

That train set will be handed down through the years. Building solid good memories all the way. Nice job.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 05:42 AM

Without a doubt this is one thing that the kids will hold onto and pass on for many generations to come…..”Did yourself Proud”

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

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 10:48 AM

Nice project for the little guys! I’m sure this brought some big smiles!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 02:35 PM

Very nice! I like how you used several different types of wood… this is great!

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 06:15 PM

These trains are so sick! Beautiful wood choices and contrasts. I’m inspired! Toy making this weekend! BOOYAH!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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