Train Bed #4: Details

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-11-2009 02:34 PM 1696 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I worked on some of the smaller details. I built the smoke stack, cattle guard, the front lights housing, and a ladder.

For the smoke stack I used a 8” drain pipe. This was left over from a previous job. I really liked the fitting that is molded to one end. It gave it a little detail without me having to add something up there. To attach it to the front, I cut like a half-lap style joint out of the pipe. I cut it using a circler caw. Since the top of the front of the bed was curved, I had to do a little hand coping. It is attached to the front us using 6” bolts threaded into T-nuts.
Bottom of smoke stack.

The cattle guard is sloped on two angels. I will hinge the front piece mainly because that is where the customer will attach it to the front. You could use it for storage, but it is not that much area in there.
Cattle Guard

On the front I added a 24” circle and then put a light in the center of that. I’ll eventually wire that up to a switch somewhere. I haven’t really found a place yet, but I may do a touch sensor at the head of the bed. The 24” circle is attached to the front with 16 square drive pocket hole screws around the edge. This will give a “riveted” look to it.
Light front

The ladder was made from some 2×6’s that I had. I counter sunk the screws and Bondoed over them. It can be attached to either side using 3” lag screws.
The train bed.

I should only have about a day left before the finish and graphic go on. It still needs for holes to be filled, edges to be cleaned up, holes to be filled, and sanded.

Sorry no recorded videos today. There was a problem with the system and it kept kicking the reocording off.

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 03:57 PM

Chris, this is coming along nicely. I really enjoy your attention to detail and interesting mix of materials.

This is going to be a nice addition to the child’s bedroom.

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 04:38 PM

Being a train nut and a woodworker, this is for me, is about as good as it gets. Way to go! -SST

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