|Project by Owlcroft||posted 12-12-2013 03:38 PM||1188 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
My 2 year old Grandson Merrick is really getting into trains. So I decided to build one for him from a plan I found in a September/October 2002, Weekend Woodworker magazine. I liked this plan because it seemed age appropriate and it included a shelf where he can store his train when not in use.
I decided I would build it from scrap wood only. I have a ton of it from other projects and the wife is beginning to complain about the accumulation. The only thing I bought was the wheels. I had plenty of scrape for the rest of the project. The base of the train cars is walnut, the body of the cars is pine. I used walnut for the windows and roof detail on the Engine and Caboose. I used spalded maple for the roof on the Engine and Caboose. The logs are turned down cedar pen blanks. The shelf is 1/2” plywood with two slots routed as train tracks and soft maple sides to keep the train from rolling off. The back is stained Plywood to give it the dirt color. The trees are 3 shades of green so they stand out from each other. Finish is General Finish Topcoat Gloss.
All-in-all a fun project I hope he will enjoy for years.