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The mail train build #4: Working on the boiler

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 04-18-2020 10:52 PM 467 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got some more time to work on the train. This time I really made some progress, but some very tricky drilling. I have to say, after this week I really love my drill press. Lots of drilling. A little warning, this one is a bit picture heavy.

First I wanted to do some catch up and put a couple of parts together. I finally got rid of the rubber bands and glued the cab together. In addition, I got the base glued up also. This was an easy task but I have to apply some dowels to make sure the glue holds tight.

Now I had put it off long enough. I turned my attention to the boiler. First I cut off the protruding ends for the lathe and began my marking by using cole jaws to find the center. Then a compass to mark for the end piece.

Now I drilled the end with a forstner, one quarter inch deep. I had prepared stock for the front of the boiler earlier at an inch and one half diameter. I cut a slice off a little over one half inch thick and placed it in a simple jig I made, cut again and sanded it smooth. This way it would protrude one quarter inch.

Remember I wanted to add some brass bling? This is where the first application would be. I wanted a ring of brass pins around the outer edge. This would be a marking nightmare if not for being able to print from https://www.blocklayer.com/circle-dividereng.aspx. A great web site you all need to see. It made making the spacing very easy. I marked and drilled eight holes and placed eight brass dowels. Another center drill and I added a headlight. Everything glued in, wood with titebond and brass with CA.

Mistake number one: gluing the front in too soon. I still needed to drill for the stack and pop off valve on top. I now had no centers to work from. I took about two hours using rulers, squares and a laser to find the correct spots to drill. Blocklayers also came in handy here with another graphic. But I got it. Of coarse I had to finish with another test fit.

Thanks everyone that’s following along. I hope it gives someone some ideas and any advice I get is appreciated.

-- 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 04-18-2020 10:54 PM

Again, I’m getting there. These details are really time consuming. I am at 32 hours now.

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

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hairy

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#2 posted 04-18-2020 11:03 PM

That’s going to be nice. I just gave my drill press a good workout, couldn’t get by without it.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 04-18-2020 11:13 PM

Thanks hairy. I did without one for years, HokieKen sold me his and I don’t know how I got by without one!

-- 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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#4 posted 04-19-2020 12:34 AM

looking real nice Jeff love the brass accent on the front boiler :<)))))))))

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

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 04-19-2020 12:44 AM

Thanks Tony. I still have a long way to go. It just seemed to me that the trains just scream for some metal/brass trim. A little bit of bling.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 04-19-2020 02:34 AM

Looking good, Jeff. It’s fun to sweat the details and not worry about deadlines some times.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Dutchy

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#7 posted 04-19-2020 06:55 AM

I like following this and therefor thanks for posting.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#8 posted 04-19-2020 10:01 AM

The the detailing is very time consuming, BUT WOW, it takes the model from good to great;
and that’s the direct this one is heading!

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

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 04-19-2020 12:44 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dave: This is very true. It’s nice to work on something and take my time. Sometimes deadlines can be a pain.

Dutchy: I’m glad you like following along. I’m having a lot of fun building this and enjoy sharing.

crowie: Thanks buddy. I get confused from time to time as I try to figure out “what’s next”. Glad to hear I’m going in the tight direction.

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

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 04-19-2020 05:48 PM

Woe, you are making real progress on your train build. It is really coming together nicely.

-- 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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duckmilk

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#11 posted 04-19-2020 07:14 PM

The details are great Jeff. It’s really looking good. How is the boiler going to attach to the cab? A little bit of a recess in the cab for a snug fit?

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

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 04-20-2020 12:41 AM

Lee: Thanks buddy. I hope I can keep the progress going.

Duck: Thanks. Boiler to the cab? Oh my, I didn’t think that far ahead. :-)) I would say titebond with a screw inside the cab.

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

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#13 posted 04-20-2020 01:52 PM

This is looking fantastic Jeff! I’m amazed at the patience you and the other model builders have with the small pieces and fine details on these things :-)

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

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 04-20-2020 06:06 PM

Thanks Ken, I have to hit it in small doses.

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

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