Constructing "Old 99" #14: Full steam ahead

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Blog entry by MrWoody posted 09-06-2008 01:54 PM 1409 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a tool box that will go on the base between the boiler and the cowcatcher.
The plan calls for 7/8” X 5/8” X 1 5/8” with a peaked top and a 1/16” saw kerf to simulate the dividing line. I have never had much luck using a saw kerf as a dividing line, so I made 2 pieces 7/16” X 5/8” X 1 5/8”. I sanded the peak on the belt sander. Then sanded a small round over where the 2 pieces would meet then glued them together.


We now move on to page 7 of the plan. We’re building the tender. I cut a 1/2” piece of black walnut to 8 1/4” X 4 1/2” and drilled two 5/16” by 7/16” deep holes as indicated by the plan.


I only have a short piece of 3/4“maple 2” wide and am hoping to get four parts out of it so I cut all the pieces for the engine coupler and car coupler assemblies.


I did the layout on these all at the same time. I had made a coupler template when I was doing the rolling stock. Though the overall dimensions are slightly different I traced the coupler on its piece.



I drilled all the holes needed before cutting out the couplers.


-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 09-06-2008 02:50 PM

Very methodical, thank you for these great posts. These are helping me work up the gumption to try making some of these toys.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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