Train Bed

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Blog series by Chris Davis updated 04-23-2009 03:36 PM 7 parts 35084 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: The Plan

04-08-2009 02:27 PM by Chris Davis | 2 comments »

This is something that I ‘m new to, blogging about the building process of a project while it is a work in progress. I thought I would give it a try. This will be a train bed for a customer that loves the Polor Express, so I’ll be working off that theme. Below is a picture of a train bund bed that I built havebefore. This is what the customer saw to inspire this new design. You can watch the live video at our live link on my site. Tune in to watch it being built. Don̵...

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Part 2: Layout

04-09-2009 01:53 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

The first step I wanted to do was to lay it out. I took a scrap piece of cardboard and made a life side drawing of the proposed train bed. I wanted to see the true proportions so that if something looked wrong I could change it now instead of regretting it later. This is the more detail sides but will actually be the easiest to build. The hard part will be the front and the top, which will and some curves to it and will use some bending plywood. Here is the recorded video of the layo...

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Part 3: The build

04-10-2009 01:39 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

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. ...

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Part 4: Details

04-11-2009 02:34 PM by Chris Davis | 2 comments »

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 c...

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Part 5: The Finish

04-15-2009 01:56 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

I’ve put the finish on the train bed. It is just the base color. The rest will be a vinyl similar to what the car wraps are made from. On the base I used a black lacquer undercoater and a flat black lacquer. I’ll do a little bit of assembly on it before it goes to the graphic people. Here are some pictures after the finish: For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at or Watch us build this or see what we are doing live:

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Part 6: Pre-Assembly

04-16-2009 01:43 PM by Chris Davis | 4 comments »

The train project is chugging along fine. Everything is built and the base color has been applied. I wanted to do one last test fit before I send it off to have the graphics designed and applied. I placed the brackets in all four corners. I use a siderail type bracket that makes assembly very easy and quick. I also mounted the doors on the lower storage unit and the cattle guard. I am outsourcing the graphics work and usually I’d just take the parts that needed the graphics on...

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Part 7: Completed

04-23-2009 03:36 PM by Chris Davis | 3 comments »

The train is back from graphics and completed. Well almost. I am thinking about putting a bell on the front and I need to add the child’s name under the window. Other than that it is finished. After I got it back from graphics, I just reassembled it cut slats and wired the lights. I put a small knob on the headboard to activate a touch sensor. I mounted the control box under the slat cleats, hidden and out of the way. The wire runs under the cleats to the front where it plugs in to ...

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