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The mail train build #3: Dremel and lathe

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 04-08-2020 09:04 PM 413 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Still roughing in Part 3 of The mail train build series Part 4: Working on the boiler »

I’m running a little late on part three. Between the grass growing and other projects I can only work on it when I can. This don’t look like much progress but to me it was a lot!

First in my original design, I wanted windows for the train. The trick is how would I do it. I solved this with a dremel router. I marked the inside of the window openings an eighth inch. Using a sharp marking knife I scored all around. Next was the dremel. I cut the thickness of the plexiglass I’m using all around. This still required a little chisel work. Came out nice and the plexi was cut to fit.

I have to admit, with no plans I spend a lot of time just staring at the train. Asking myself whats next, what size, what wood to use and a dozen other questions. I even questioned Tony for some advice. He was a great help. When a pretty day finally arrived I was able to get my lathe out. I decided to make the stack and some more small parts I will need. I changed up the wood for these to add a contrast. I was going to go with pear as I wanted a wood with a darkness between the walnut and the oak cab. I changed my mind when I saw a piece of (dark) maple I had set back from Ken. It was even figured. After turning, I think I made a good choice.

Oh, and yes, the stack is hollow. Finally I did some trimming and decorating the boiler. Of coarse, topped off with a test fit.

Thanks everyone for putting up with my slow progress. I’m getting there but it’s going to take some time. With no plans, there is a lot of issues to work out. But I think my next step is to do some drilling and assembly of the parts I have. Then begin working out the wheel issues. Not to mention making an htl wheel jig.

-- 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 04-08-2020 09:06 PM

Add on: I want to use brass accents, what do you think!

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

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#2 posted 04-08-2020 09:20 PM

that is the GR8EST thing about no plans you are large and in charge i think the brass will add something special to this fine train :<)))

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

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 10:18 PM

Thanks Tony. I’m thinking the brass will accent the door.

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

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#4 posted 04-09-2020 12:16 AM

More brass Jeff, you want it to have some bling.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 04-09-2020 12:55 AM

Thanks Duck! I was thinking the pistons in brass, maybe the spokes.

-- 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 04-09-2020 02:42 AM

Brass will definitely spiff it up, Jeff! Don’t worry about the slow progress. We’re not going anywhere. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 04-09-2020 05:45 AM

Bewtween your part 2 and 3 I also had to mov. So no problem for waiting to see this process. I like to see how orther LJ members are making there models. Thanks for the update.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#8 posted 04-09-2020 05:49 AM

Dave how come your face is blacked out?
Are you trying to avoid good company and hide in the shadows?
As for not going anywhere, well you guys are not on your own I assure you!!.

Otherwise Toot Toot where is my letter!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 04-09-2020 08:11 AM



Add on: I want to use brass accents, what do you think!

- jeffswildwood

Yes. Oh, yes. what’s a 19th century train without brass. It’s like asking if you should put brass on a 1929 Packard.

-- Mark

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 04-09-2020 12:42 PM

I gather my brass idea is unanimous. There will be brass. Thanks for the input guys.

Dutchy-Thanks for watching. If you see me going down the wrong path, let me know.

Dave-I guess we are not going anywhere. I’ll need to take my time anyways.

Rob-I think Dave is incognito :-) Letter for the ride is in the mail!

Mark-There will be brass. Now to figure out where and how. I think I got this though, ideas just keep popping up.

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

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#11 posted 04-09-2020 12:43 PM

Dave how come your face is blacked out?

Just a shadow, Rob. Kept taking pictures of my new shop with the shadow, and the guys in the swap thought it would make a good profile pic.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 04-09-2020 12:49 PM

Brass and wood is always a good combo and like they say we have a lot of time now. It’s coming along fine Jeff, keep at it.

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

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#13 posted 04-09-2020 01:25 PM

Thanks Dave, I’m having fun fun but sometimes fell like I’m in the “school of blind efforts”. :-))

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

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#14 posted 04-09-2020 04:02 PM

Looking really good Jeff! That’s gonna be one sweet choo choo :-) Hollar if you need some small brass pieces. I hoard all my little cutoffs for just-in-cases ;-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 04-09-2020 04:35 PM



Looking really good Jeff! That s gonna be one sweet choo choo :-) Hollar if you need some small brass pieces. I hoard all my little cutoffs for just-in-cases ;-p

- HokieKen


Funny you should ask Ken, as it so happens, I do! There something I have a place set aside for but need to be brass. I’ll PM you with what I need.

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

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