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Toy Construction #142: #2 Cattle car

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-22-2017 11:12 PM 2790 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 141: Last How to for the train Part 142 of Toy Construction series Part 143: #2 Cattle car Adding the small parts #2 »

Need some cars for the new wood burner so loved building my last cattle car so here we go again.
This will be full size like the train plans but this is a scratch build no plans just a couple a picture like last one.

Started on the base 4 1/2” wide to match the tender by 13” long.
I really think it would be wider if it was to scale but this will keep it from getting to big for my needs.
I cut grooves to get the look of planks.
I used my miter saw and it works ok but is so much easier to cut these on the table saw BUT being so narrow didn’t like using the TS.

How to #1

Set the saw to cut 1/4” or what looks right.
Make a mark on the fence to know where to put the wood for each cut.

We want it to look something like this when done but being bigger maybe we can add more details we’ll see.
I know many have seen this in one of my how toes but I never really think I did it justice.
So here’s one more try at it.
You may have guessed but I like the look of these grooves and just like making them. LOL

First we need to glue on the bracing which will be what holds the whole thing together.
Don’t skimp on the glue here this is what holds this altogether!!!

How to #2
Now it’s time to cut out the slats.
I wanted just over 1/4” for the slats so cut a spacer board to match,
I also used a skill saw 7 1/4 thin kerf blade for the cuts.

First set the spacer next to the fence and slid it over to the blade this will be your first cut. [top of side]

Now set the side back over the blade [saw is stopped] move the fence out add the spacer and then move the fence back over next to the spacer and blade.

Take the spacer out and take out the side and get ready for next cut.

Now it starts all over again.

Set the car side back into the cut you just made.

Add the spacer.

Move the fence over and you ready for the next cut.


Now we start it all over again.

The spacer is in there but it’s hard to make out.

It would pay to practice on something just to get the hang of it.
There are some really cool thing that can be done with this tip.
Some have covered the out sides of jewelry boxes to get some out standing shapes.

So here’s what I’ve got to show for my working in the shop.

I don’t know why but I just love making things with grooves on them as you all have found out if you’ve looked at any of my projects.

It’s groovy man Groovy!!!

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#1 posted 07-22-2017 11:21 PM

My goodness me Bruce,
the lacquer is just dry on the loco and you’re already well into the carriages for all the us cattle….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 07-22-2017 11:25 PM

I just love building the cattle car!

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#3 posted 07-23-2017 02:11 AM


My goodness me Bruce,
the lacquer is just dry on the loco and you re already well into the carriages for all the us cattle….

- crowie


Nor let dust settle on the tracks.

Great technique #4.

Actually this picture (left side),

has a subtle appeal to me. It has the simplicity of a flat face but the complexity of the “transparent” frame. Unfortunately its probably a photographic illusion and impractical in real life.

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

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 02:14 AM

Ducky it’s just the flip side, same as the other.
I was just thinking what would the cattle car look like with the bracing put to the inside—-Transparent framing?
The problem is you will only notice it at a few angles.
If your interested I’ll take a couple pictures tomorrow to see what happens.

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#5 posted 07-23-2017 02:43 AM



Ducky it s just the flip side, same as the other.
I was just thinking what would the cattle car look like with the bracing put to the inside—-Transparent framing?
The problem is you will only notice it at a few angles.
If your interested I ll take a couple pictures tomorrow to see what happens.

- htl


No criticism or challenge! It’s just that in the phot it just looked appealing.. at least to me. From the reverse side, in the picture, you can get a glimpse of the framing (through the slats) giving it a “transparent” look.
I appreciate that in real life, put together, that look would be lost in the lighting/shadows etc… It’s just that in the photo I thought it looked inspirational.

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

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 02:56 AM

It’s all in the angles.

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 03:30 AM

Another winner, Bruce!!

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#8 posted 07-23-2017 06:42 AM

Always nice to see how others solve there woodworking challenges. It keeps us on track.

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#9 posted 07-23-2017 09:33 AM


... It keeps us on track.

- Dutchy

Dutchy, Was this a little subtle tracked earth moving dig

or was something lost in the rolling Dutch to English tracksolator?

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

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#10 posted 07-23-2017 10:22 AM

Train is looking great, how many cars?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 07-23-2017 03:45 PM


... It keeps us on track.

- Dutchy

Dutchy, Was this a little subtle tracked earth moving dig

or was something lost in the rolling Dutch to English tracksolator?

- LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 07-23-2017 04:09 PM

Great job. Based on your dimensions of 4-1/2” x 13”, I would place the scale at approximately 1/2” to the foot.

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#13 posted 07-24-2017 12:39 AM


... It keeps us on track.

- Dutchy

Dutchy, Was this a little subtle tracked earth moving dig

or was something lost in the rolling Dutch to English tracksolator?

- LittleBlackDuck

**

- Dutchy

Dutchy if your having trouble with that how are you able to keep up with his long winded silly banter at all. LOL

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#14 posted 07-24-2017 03:17 AM

Hunter71 We’ll see how many the better half lets me get away.
My cabinet shop friend said today he’s got a bunch a cherry scraps left over form his last cabinet job so wood wise. I’m set. LOL

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#15 posted 07-25-2017 12:07 AM

And here’s what you get if you turn it and then cut grooves the other way.

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