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Project by ralbuck posted 12-10-2012 12:49 AM 1063 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from mostly scrap. I do not pattern any of the engine, tender, or caboose. They seem to always want to make themselves. I do either buy or rip 1 by 2 for the car bases. They call it firring strips and it is very cheap.

I cut rectangles of cardboard/heavy paper and then cut the letters with a scissors. Use red to draw around them for easy visibility while cutting. I have found the blade a lot easier to see against a red line, than against a black one.

The letters are usually made from scrap 1/2+ plywood. I drill holes up from the bottom and glue/peg them for assembly to the pre-drilled/sanded bases. I cut dowel rod and am careful on drilling depth/angle, etc.

I very seldom use the same lettering style on different trains. They always want to be individual.

I know it sounds off the wall; but I do not know what it will look like when I start!

Still are fun.

I have a jig made for drilling the axel holes. Because I use a hole saw for the wheels; the center holes are smaller than the 3/8 dowel that I use for axels. I made a jig to hold the wheels while I enlarge the center holes. I use the larger dowel because kids were twisting the 1/4” ones apart.

I thought that a few in process pictures makes it easier to understand. They are more work than most people realize.

A trick I use on all of my wheel toys is to wax the axel before the last wheel is glued on. I then cheat and run them on the belt sander after assembly.

I use candle stubs;white preferred—(no color tracks on anything); beeswax if I can—- I also use it on drill bits blades and even the scroll saw tables.

Anyone wanting help or (patterns) for some of these; I will happily assist in anyway I can.

-- just rjR





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 01:02 AM

Ah hah!! Santa has been busy! ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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hunter71

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 01:45 AM

Cool, I like them.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 01:48 AM

Supper dupper! All my kids loved trains when they were young. Someone is going to be very happy when they see this!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 01:59 AM

Something so simple is just totally cool!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 02:04 AM

Speaking of trains… I made this when my niece had her baby boy last summer. The name & train are all one piece. Butternut I think? I used red mahogany stain on the train parts and then tung oiled it all. The base was just a piece of oak I had.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 03:21 AM

Individuality, NICE!! Super job!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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