Constructing "Old 99" #16: Trimmin' the wheels

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Blog entry by MrWoody posted 09-08-2008 12:37 PM 1506 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: The couplers Part 16 of Constructing "Old 99" series Part 17: Into the home stretch. »

This morning I cut and drilled the wheel trim pieces.


Looking at the 3/8” square cuts I thought that I would try not using the scroll saw. So I dug out my 3/8” hollow mortising chisel and took the auger out. Using a soft blow mallet I tried chopping out the squares.


It didn’t work. There was a lot of tear out on the back side. Four more photocopies, more drilling and on to the scroll saw.


I used diagonal cutters to shorten the 5/32” axle pins to a little over 1/8”.


Then they were glued into the wheel trim pieces and sanded flat on the back


Then the trim and trim spacer were glued on to the wheel assemblies using a 7/32” axle pin.


After cutting 5/16” axle pins to 1 1/2” long I glued the wheel assemblies to the tender base.


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

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 12:49 PM

Nice work…...You do get an early start on the day don’t ya …LOL.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 09-08-2008 04:01 PM

just amazing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 09-09-2008 01:04 AM

Nice job! Wish I had time to make projects like this.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 03:07 AM

The little engine that could!

Thanks for the instructions!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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