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The mail train build #2: Still roughing in

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 03-19-2020 09:00 PM 412 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With this staying in I had some time to make some progress on my train. I’m finding out working without plans is tough! I have to try to think ahead on each part. I keep going back to htl’s blog and re-reading it over and over. That and looking at other trains such as Tony’s. Sometimes I just stare at mine and try to picture how it would/should be. But here is some more progress. Since I am still doing the initial cutting, any advice is well appreciated!.

First I wanted to finish the cab. I have a love/hate relationship with miters but thought that would be a nice touch. I couldn’t resist so I did them. Amazed they came out correct. I was able to make the front of the cab.

Rubber bands are great for test fits. Now I needed a window. This required a little measuring and compass work. I went with a full open front window. Another of many test fits.

Now I needed to work on the base. I noticed htl used 3/4 for the back and 1/2 for the front. I imagine this is for future wheel placement. But I have an idea coming up.

My idea is to narrow the front portion to match the boiler. To do this I cut angles to match the reduction. I have not seen this on any other train and I hope it works out for the future building. I left it long to trim back after I work the boiler on the lathe. Input requested here!

So far I think it is coming along. Here’s another test fit to see how things work. Checking for future wheel placement.

My shop cat Zoey has also had a blast helping me by stealing the wheels when I’m not looking.

Thanks for checking this out. I’m getting there but see I still have a long way to go. Wish me luck.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".



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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 03-19-2020 09:04 PM

I’m getting there

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 03-19-2020 09:13 PM

looks good Jeff here’s how you make the wheels :<))

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-19-2020 09:15 PM

Getting there, Jeff! It looks more like a train every post!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-19-2020 09:28 PM

Liking the progress Jeff. Keep up the good work!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 03-19-2020 10:27 PM

Tony, thanks for the wheel tip. Looks like nice ones. I’ll need to do eight. How thick are they. Thanks Dave and Lee. I am having fun with this.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 03-20-2020 06:28 AM

Nothing like good creative shed time to enjoy the day and sir, your train surely puts a smile on a woodwork’s face (it did mine).

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

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 03-20-2020 12:59 PM



Nothing like good creative shed time to enjoy the day and sir, your train surely puts a smile on a woodwork’s face (it did mine).

- crowie


crowie, just hearing this from you put a smile on MY face.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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