Flower Train

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Blog entry by bruce317 posted 05-11-2016 05:44 AM 1484 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Flower train.

Plans from Winfield Collection

Made: 3 years ago

Made from: Landscape timbers

By: My girlfriend & I. Her first wood project. Half way thru she is telling me what to do. I unleashed a monster on this build.

What to watch for on build. Engine part “L” is six timbers wide. The problem is the timbers come in different sizes. Doesn’t matter what instructions call for, on timber size. If all your timbers are the same size. Just make sure your part “L” is six timbers wide, of timbers that you are using! Can’t find my instructions for rail carts. If all timbers are same size no problems.

Made jig from 2×8. 2×4’s are square to each other. outside of 2×4 to outside of other 2×4 is equal width of four land scape timbers. 2×4’s are ?? long, so you can get bodies off the frame. Use framing square when building bodies on jig. Making sure timbers are square, in line. Pre drill holes, glue then screw timbers together. One row at a time. The first row gets it’s screws from the second row. Study plans & it will make since. Keep glue off where you are going to stain & clear coat. Jig will make engine & cars.

Now just follow Winfield instructions. And you will have your own Great Flower Train.
First blog, hope didn’t mess it up to bad!! If done right there are four photos Here???

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#1 posted 05-11-2016 05:52 AM

You didn’t mess it up! On the contrary. I would like to see this at the projects tab. Well done sir.


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#2 posted 05-11-2016 07:14 AM

What is a project tab??

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#3 posted 05-11-2016 12:14 PM

just figured out what “Project Tab” is.
Thank you Dutchy! Wouldn’t have done this, with out your help.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 03:52 PM

That is really neat. I bet you get a lot of positive comments from the neighbors.

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 04:06 PM

BurlyBob, Thank you and yes when I’m in the yard. I still get good feedback from people walking or driving by. It was a joy to make. You would be happy making one for yourself!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#6 posted 05-27-2016 02:30 PM

Nice project, I like trains. your blog worked out well, I like to work in the garden and flower beds.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 05:53 PM

Thank you Brian. I also like trains. Some day, plan to make wood models. Have bought plans. Just need time.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#8 posted 05-28-2016 06:54 AM

Hey B’317, Unfortunately I don’t share your love of gardening… that’s women’s work (still don’t know why my first wife left me). I expect birds, bees, possums, kangaroos and even hungry-hungry hippopotami to stay out of my workshop so I have sworn to leave their environment well enough alone.

However, trains is a different issue..

... Have bought plans. Just need time.

I am 67 so I cannot loan you any of my time, however, if the plans happen to be T&J vintage and if you are familiar with SketchUp, I have imported both the locos and rolling stock into SU and the models are available for downloading from DropBox, if you might be interested. If you are interested and want the train components segregated please advise which plans you own and I could make the model including the plans available (this is to be fair to T&J) otherwise I’ll post with just the SU model. I would need your private email address to provide DropBox access if you so choose.

That’s all for now, must go and help the current wife chop the wood (that’s women’s work also) before she decides to segregate me from half my superannuation and turns the workshop into a sewing room.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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