Toy Train out of more scraps

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Project by Jeff Thomas posted 04-18-2014 07:23 AM 2188 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The family just got home from an emergency trip back to West Virginia, which meant the little guy got to play with the random wooden toys that grandma had on hand. He kind of dug them, so I wanted to see if I could replicate some of them. This is my first attempt.

A few years ago, a friend gave me a 20-year-old pine shelf she’d made in high school shop class. So I cut some strips of this yellow pine to use for most of the parts, used some scraps of poplar for the roofs, and some 1/4 inch red oak I had left over for the coal car sides. Even used some thin construction studs for wheels, which I cut out with a hole saw chucked in the drill press (this is great because it finds the middle of the wheel as it cuts…)

Each car is about 6” long, but the engine is 8” with the cow guard. Sanded to 150, finished with a few coats of mineral oil.

Little guy seems to like it, though, I think he thinks I just built him an iPhone stand…

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 10:48 AM

Neat little trail, lots of play time here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.



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#2 posted 04-18-2014 11:20 AM

Jeff that’s amazing sir! I have two grandsons 2 & 3 who’d love a train set. Did you just throw them together or use plans?

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 06:41 PM


I just kind of figured it out. I assumed the trains back at grandma’s house were from a 70’s or 80’s magazine (we had a family friend who was a woodworker) and a quick Google search showed some photos of a similar train. I worked off the photo but no plans.

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 09:54 PM

I love to see the little one’s playing with wooden toys as I did many, many years ago…I remember playing with pieces of wood, all along making up things in my mind to use them as. Back in the 40’s

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 04:39 PM

That’s great, another job on the todo list…

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 04:41 PM

Added to my to do list as well, great job!

-- I usually just play with rocks

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