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Toy Construction #268: Scratch build Steam Train wheels

08-27-2019 07:23 PM by htl | 8 comments »

Got a little more done. Found out my tread making jig also does a pretty good job at making spoke wheels, sure saves a lot a time I would have to be drawing all the points needed to drill. Just add a blank and drill, once the jig is centered to the bit. The indexer is set up for cutting 36 treads but as you can see I have it marked for every other hole or as I did this time every third hole. As you can see the backer plate gets pretty chewed up when making the different sizes...

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Toy Construction #267: Scratch build Steam Train

08-23-2019 11:07 PM by htl | 10 comments »

This will be a scratch built Steam train in the style of the 1860’s or there about.Something like this. Here’s where I got to today.I have three partial days in it, one of those spit and sputter builds. I have the plans for both Toys and Joys trains but wanted it to have a longer look to the boiler.I have built both the wood and coal T&J’s Trains.Started with the frame.The back is 3/4” and went back and thinned the front part down to 1/2”, I used dowels...

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Toy Construction #199: One More Train #2

04-05-2018 02:38 AM by htl | 8 comments »

Got started on a small train yesterday thinking of making it one of those toy book end kind a projects, but we’ll have to see where it wants to go.The chimney is all ready way different than I had planned but that’s the way it wanted to be. lolThe chimney is also way big but maybe it will turn out alright.The chimney and boiler were glued up for my last train [as one looong turning], but the glue up didn’t go as planed not straight so cut it down and we get another train pro...

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Toy Construction #196: Gatto Reading train build Tender is on the table #2

03-24-2018 11:01 PM by htl | 8 comments »

I heard you all and really out of my own model making addiction I got the tender started yesterday.It took a day for the trucks and another for this.Trying to match the sides of the train with the tender so dark half way up then a touch a maple, then walnut itty bitty stuff.There’s really not that much to the tender other than the pain to make trucks.O! And it’s like 14” long!!!

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Toy Construction #194: Gatto Reading train build wheels finished #9 1/2

03-20-2018 12:23 AM by htl | 8 comments »

Getting close but the closer I get the more small itty bitty parts I have to play with.Not to sad these wheels are done. Had to make some small dados and Home Depot has the perfect blade for my model building.It’s just a $14 7 1/4” saw blade but it really cuts a nice bottom. If I remember right this is 3 passes but that’s one nice cut for a rip blade. As I said at the beginning getting close but a ton a fuzz to get rid of..

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Toy Construction #191: Gatto Reading Train Building The Wheels #7

03-16-2018 12:22 AM by htl | 6 comments »

Been working on the wheels the last two days and not to sad their about done. The indexing jig came in quite handy for this operation, saved me a ton a figuring, just use every third hole and you got it just right.I needed 12 holes and the indexer had 36 so it works out just right.

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Toy Construction #189: Reading Train Got the boiler under control to day. #4 1/2

03-05-2018 11:22 PM by htl | 12 comments »

This build has an unbelievable amount of very small parts I could see building this at twice the plans size and this would really be a fun project.. Drilled all the holes for the boiler, all kinds of valves and hand rail holes to get just right. Made a quick jig to hold the boiler while I set everything up and got er drilled.This made it quite easy to put all the markings in place to drill. Then start putting it all together.

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Toy Construction #188: Gatto Reading train build #3 cab & roof

03-03-2018 11:51 PM by htl | 7 comments »

Got a little more done.Getting the cab and boiler and all the other things to match up is quite interesting work.Busted my band saw blade and waiting on a new one so having to do some creative building to work around this time saver. I’m sure there are better ways to build this train but all I can say is this seems to be working so far. lol

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Toy Construction #187: Gatto Reading train build #1

03-01-2018 11:20 PM by htl | 7 comments »

Well it’s time for another train, and going with a different company Gatto which has a little different way of handling the plan details as there are a ton of them and their projects at least the one’s I’ve seen have motors and shocks just a lot more parts to add if you want to. 1949 Reading Steam Freight Locomotive I should add and Ducky complains about all the reading needed for their plans but they do help and add some great tips to help you get er done. HereR...

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Toy Construction #145: Caboose----mail car

07-27-2017 09:50 PM by htl | 12 comments »

Getting started on the next car for my train set.It will be a caboose – mail car.It will be something like this. I got started on the base and sides today.It will be made out of green poplar with cherry ascents.It is a scratch build and will be full size in line with toys and joys train plans.The picture I found on a google caboose search came up with this and the third picture bellow show what I’m using to build this car.I printed out the picture and then had to enlarge it to...

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