Toy Train for Nephew

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Project by UncleStumpy posted 05-20-2013 09:16 AM 1512 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I made a rocking horse for my fabulous nephew Brody and this year his mommy said that he would like a train, so that’s what I made.
After figuring out how the base and wheels went together, the rest was just whatever I felt like doing. I wanted the little “people” to come out so he could put them in and take them out. BUT, as my wife reminded me, 2 year olds still put stuff into thier mouths so I had to glue them in to avoid a chocking hazard.
I hollowed out about 40% of the coal car, so that when the lid comes off mommy can put in jelly beans or the like.
I wanted to put animals in the open post car but, once again, the ones I could find were all too small, so I just made a few “logs”.

The cars are all about 5 inches long and about 4 inches high. The bases are African Mahogany, the 3 big cars and the wheels are Sycamore and the boiler is pine. The 2 on the engine is his age and the BRR is for Brody Rail Road.
The 13 is 2013 and bmw are his initials. This was more of a fun project that something to awe my friends, but I signed the cars and built them sturdy, so maybe one day Brody can give the set to one of his kids.
Thanks for looking guys!!!

Sorry about my crappy “photo studio”, it looked better through the lens!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 09:50 AM

Very nice im sure he will love it. Great job.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 11:28 AM

Great looking train for the nephew. I know he will enjoy it. I made a train several years ago for my boys and they about wore it out playing with it.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 12:08 PM

Very nice looking train. I’m sure your nephew will have many enjoyable hours playing with it.

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 12:22 PM

I really do like this train. You did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 01:32 PM

Nice job on the train. Great idea personalizing with numbers and letters. Nothing like seeing a young ones face when you give them something you made.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 03:41 PM

He’ll love it now, and later when he is old! Nice work for a great customer. Did a pretty good job on presentation. Sometimes photo work takes as much time and preparation as the project. I think Greg the Cajun Box Sculptor did a blog on taking pictures of his boxes.

Usually you need three light sources to get a really good picture.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-20-2013 05:46 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!

Doc, I will definately look up Greg’s blog, thanks.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 05-20-2013 06:48 PM



-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-20-2013 07:36 PM

Great looking Train Stumpy….I started building toys like that for our Grandson but his Mother told me I must not understand that little boys put things in their mouths, so she will not let him play with them. I’m still building him toys, but now they set in boxes until he is old enough….not sure what age that is… Sometimes I wonder how we raised our children without harming them

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 05-20-2013 08:58 PM

Hawaiilad – I was born in 1951 and the cars back then usually had a large “shelf” betwen the back of the back seat to the rear window. I remember coming home with my folks from one of thier parties and sleeping on that shelf and it was the greatest thing ever! We also had ratty old bikes and never wore a helmet. I could go on and on, but… we’re still here!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 01:23 AM

Hours of creative play here!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 02:14 PM

Great looking and well made toy train! I’m sure kids will get loads of fun and great memories playing with it.

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#13 posted 05-26-2013 11:49 AM

Very nice. I’m sure he’ll play with that a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 05-30-2013 10:38 AM

G’Day Stumpy, That’s one great looking train which bring may hours of fun, play & imagination to Brody, well done.
Also another WELL DONE goes to your wife for safety tips, thank you.

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

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 03:19 PM

Great job. I too have made this same train. I used slab wheels as well. I like them better than rounded wheels.

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