Train Bed #3: The build

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-10-2009 01:39 PM 7088 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A lot got completed today. Actually I got most of it complete minus a few details.

First I cut out the sides. I drew a life size version of it on cardboard on the last blog to give me a since of proportion. So today I just transferred the measurements. Instead of just cutting it out with a jig saw, I used a router to get clean and straight lines. I used the jig saw and circular saw for the rough cuts and came back with square jigs, made especially for this project and straight edges.
Rough cutting the sides.
Cleaning up the edges with a router and stright edge.

I then moved on to the front of the bed. On the previous train bed that I built like this. I just shaped a piece of ¾” MDF. This time I wanted something a little thicker, so I used a different process. This time I made two identical pieces of plywood. I cut the top with a half circle and a 42 1/2” radius. I did this by using a long base on the router and swinging it around like a compass.
Cutting the front out with a router and a base used as a compass.

I connected them with a rib support system, where I attach 1 ½” boards connection the two pieces together. This was all covered with 8’ x 4’, 3/8” bending plywood. I came back with a 2 auto part body filler to smooth the bending plywood.
Framed out front.
Applying the skin or bending plywood.
Sanding the body filler.

The top section was made the same way with bending plywood.
Picture of what I have so far.

Here is the raw video of the build:
Test fit the parts New

Cutting hole in front New

Building the train top New

Sanding the front New

Bending the front New

Framing the front New

Cutting out the front New

Cutting the sides New


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