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Toy Construction #267: Scratch build Steam Train

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Blog entry by htl posted 08-23-2019 11:07 PM 1061 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 to hold the parts together and will add a lot a strength to it.

Don’t faint but I used the Shop Smith’s lathe tools to build these parts. lol

Back in the 1980’s I had a one man shop and built many house and restaurant cabinets.
I used very simple tools a Sears RA saw and table saw and my SS was used for my drill press and any disk sanding that came along.
But what I want to show is how I did my face frames back then and what I used today for the train frame.

I have a Dowel Crafter doweling jig and it make quick work of doweling for face frames and fast quick doors.

First you mark the center of the face of the two boards.


Mark one board as x and the other as o.

In this picture I’m going to drill the x board first.
Line the board center up with the dowelers center and drill the two holes.
Then flip the doweler around and drill the o board with two holes.

The top of the boards are flush with each other, If the board were of different thicknesses would make no difference they would be flush.

Using the kreg system works the same way but uses screws to hold it all together but it hadn’t come out yet when I was building cabinets.

The Dowel Crafter isn’t made any more but can be found on Ebay for around $25.
You can also build your own jig of wood that will work just fine.

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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 08-23-2019 11:21 PM

i like looking at trains better then building them so i will be watching this one closely :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#2 posted 08-23-2019 11:25 PM

Tony mine will be a much simpler one that the beauty you built, for sure.

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#3 posted 08-23-2019 11:33 PM

All I do is scratch builds anymore. Great job, man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 08-24-2019 01:02 AM

If I remember correctly, I stole a bunch form both you and Tony to build my train. Did you Lathe all the cylinder type parts or used dowels? It looks great.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#5 posted 08-24-2019 01:15 AM

Looking Good, keep us posted.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 08-24-2019 02:28 AM

Frenchtoys I have a bunch a Hobby Lobby bags of parts around so use them for the small turnings when I can.
It’s great when we can check out how others built things so we can add them to our projects to make it just right.

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#7 posted 08-24-2019 04:24 AM

Looking good already Bruce with another first class tutorial, thank you

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

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#8 posted 08-24-2019 08:40 AM

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#9 posted 08-24-2019 09:32 AM



I m traveling and can t comment this.

- Dutchy


Love it Jan!

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

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#10 posted 08-25-2019 12:26 PM

This one looks like it will be a masterpiece. It’s amazing how you follow such detail work. Good luck with it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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