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Blog series by Tony Slattery updated 01-04-2016 03:35 AM 4 parts 7642 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Part 2 - Making the boiler

09-13-2015 09:57 PM by Tony Slattery | 5 comments »

Making the boiler (or the round part that gives a steam train it’s distinctive look) was started in another blog, not part of this series, so at the risk of repeating myself, here goes: Decided to make a cylinder “Cooper Style” (that’s what I call it) in the way that wooden barrels were made in the past. Cut six strips of pine with the edges planed down to 60 degrees (with a hand plane – no table saw here) to make a hexagonal cylinder shape. Carve and hand ...

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Part 2: 3D model of the train

09-16-2015 10:15 PM by Tony Slattery | 1 comment »

I suppose this should have been introduced earlier – this is a 3D model of the toy train. ... and an exploded view showing the component parts.

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Part 3: placing the wheels

09-20-2015 10:06 PM by Tony Slattery | 1 comment »

To place the wheels of the same size is quite simple – all offset the same distance. However, for the large wheel to make contact with the ground, the offset has to compensate for the increase in diameter. To mark the position I simply place two wheels either side (note the holes are already drilled) and rest a piece of wood against them, then place the large wheel so that it too is touching, and mark the hole accordingly with a center punch. Clamp the two rails together and dril...

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Part 4: Final construction, painted and ready to go

01-04-2016 03:35 AM by Tony Slattery | 2 comments »

It’s been a long pause between drinks, so to speak, but I have finally gotten around to updating the progress on the toy train. Because the boiler is hollow, it would be a great place to store things, so I wanted to make a way of being able to gain access. In the real thing, the front of the boiler opens up, or so I believe, and of course there is access to the firebox in the cab section. For the toy, making the front open would be too complicated and too delicate, so I opted for mak...

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