Steam Engine & Tender

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Project by nitewalker41 posted 571 days ago 967 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the projects for 2012, it is from plans from T & J’s, Do not have a lathe so had to make the boiler and stacks the old fashion way using a chisel, file and sandpaper, took lots of time, but at my age all I have is time:) Wheels do turn but I can not figure out how to get them to fully rotate? Boiler & Cab made out of Cherry, platform out of Oak & Alder, cow catcher out of Alder. I found much enjoyment in this one even though it did tax this old man’s brain, not bad for an old guy who took “Office Machines” instead of “Shop” in High School:)

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

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#1 posted 571 days ago

Pretty nice, How long did it take to make?

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#2 posted 571 days ago

Took about a month

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

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#3 posted 571 days ago

Nice job buddy.
You should have the whole train now right?
All the train pieces you made are nice.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 571 days ago

Very nice, cool job

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#5 posted 571 days ago

Cool job. Looks fun.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 571 days ago

First of all, great job, next this is amazing considering how you made it. From one toy maker to another Awesome build.

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#7 posted 571 days ago

Great looking Steam Engine & Tender. Nice work!

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

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#8 posted 571 days ago

Really smart job nitewalker41 – especially without using a lathe.

I sympathise with your efforts to get the wheels rotating fully – when I made this simpler version

for my grandson, I innocently assumed that I could put side rods (or coupling rods) linking the wheels on each side to make it look more authentic. However, no way would the wheels rotate without the rods jamming. After lots of failed attempts, I started thinking about the geometry involved. I realised that there could be very little tolerance on the lengths and diameters involved for the system to operate, which would be difficult to achieve in metal, let alone wood! So I gave up on the rods, but I don’t think my grandson noticed :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#9 posted 570 days ago

great looking train. I really like all the nice details.

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#10 posted 570 days ago

great job on the train nice detail

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#11 posted 570 days ago

That’s a champion.

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#12 posted 570 days ago

I won’t pretend I constructed this, but someone sure did.
This is 4 feet long and the wheels turn the piston rod in the cylinder.
I had purchased this from an Antique shop in our town.The woman said it was included in an estate sale.
This had to take months to construct as it is very detailed. One of the bumpers was missing and I duplicated a new on on my lathe.
It sits on the shelf I made in my woodshop.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#13 posted 570 days ago

Beautiful toy!

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#14 posted 540 days ago

G’Day “nitewalker”,
You’ve certainly done a fine job on the train & tender…...well done.
Very good detail and it looks like it’s been done by a seasoned toymaker.
How did you do the white wheels please….
Cheers, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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