Wooden Models #90: railway break down crane #2

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Blog entry by htl posted 08-10-2016 09:27 PM 2179 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 89: railway breakdown crane #1 Part 90 of Wooden Models series Part 91: T&J Dozer #1 »

Well I wasn’t happy with the way the boom came out so redid it then made the wheels for this build and for two more cars, 28 in all.

Here’s the old boom and then on to the new.

I cut grooves with the miter saw then glued it up.

Then got into wheel mod and built 28 wheels for this car and there is a car that follows the crane and gives it some where to lower the boom when traveling so will be making that.
I made the base for it when I cut out the crane so I guess you could say I’m building two cars at once..
Here’s a look at it.

Then may get around to the ballast gondola if I’m still in the train mod.

Now back to the wheels.
I drill from one side go almost all the way through then flip it over and finish the cut, this leaves part of the wood sticking out the bottom and easier to get with a pair a pliers.
I also try to make one cut as close to the other so the blade ends up with some clearance for the saw dust. You’ll be surprised how much this helps especially on the bigger wheels.

After drilling them all out and sanding them on the SS disk sander and wheel jig I got into glue up mod.

I put the guide wheel on an axle added glue to the wheel and placed it on the guide wheel then added some clamps and puller the axle out and on to the next.

I never thought much of these small plastic clamps but their great for this project.

Now just some shots of the rebuilt parts and wheels to get a look.

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 09:54 PM

YOU SIR …......certainly do not let grass grow under your feet …... I am in total awe of just how fast you are ….. btw …... I think the dowels look a lot better

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 10:06 PM

G’Day Bruce,
The revamped crane arm does look better than the original, a heap more work but it certainly well worth the end result looking great….
Thank you for all the photos on wheel making, appreciate the extra time & effort to assist others & me.

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

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 10:14 PM

I agree; I like the boom bracing a lot better much more realistic, keep up the good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 10:20 PM

If I was building a toy the first arm would have been ok, not prone to breaking but this is a model so make it pretty not bullet proof. lol

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 10:29 PM

Iy is looking very FINE!

I have to admire yourpatience; I surely do not have thagt much!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 02:38 AM

”Glued it”. Would have said ”nailed it” but naturally you didn’t. Looks much better and more resembles the photo in pickie #1.
As a bonus you could always use the new design as a one sided ”Naughts and Crosses” game..

I also try to make one cut as close to the other so the blade ends up with some clearance for the saw dust.

- htl

Very handy tip.

PS. You may be 2 wheels short… You might need 2 more for that boom-arm support… (the missus always says I’m missing a few wheels (her name for brain cells) short).

Sorry #4, just trying to avoid you having to repeat ”why didn’t you tell me earlier”.

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

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#7 posted 08-11-2016 03:42 AM

If you could look at it closer you would see the nail holes so didn’t use that part.

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#8 posted 08-11-2016 07:07 AM

The boom looks much nicer.


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